Atom Heart Mother (studio album) by Pink Floyd

Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 547th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 1,230 votes)
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Atom Heart Mother is ranked 8th best out of 37 albums by Pink Floyd on

The best album by Pink Floyd is The Dark Side Of The Moon which is ranked number 2 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 76,366.

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From 01/13/2023 19:18
With Pink Floyd's 1970 album "Atom Heart Mother" you sense a group that has not quite found a direction after the loss of songwriter Syd Barrett, who had to left the group in 1968. As songwriters, there are signs that both Gilmour, Waters and Wright are growing as songwriters, but it is especially in the instrumental area that "Atom Heart Mother" shows signs of what would come later of great albums.
The long 23-minutes title track suite, is in many ways akin to the long tracks on "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here". The composition is almost symphonically built up around a very strong horn which is presented early, and which along the way is touched upon several times. And in its full extents is repeated towards the end. There are many different parts, some of which are subdued and melodic, while others are more harsh and noisy. The whole group is credited as writers of the track, just like the somewhat trippy final track "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast", which is also an extended track with a running time of 13 minutes.

Waters, Gilmour and Wright deliver one song each as solo-writer. Personally I find Wright's "Summer 68" the most interesting. This is almost classic Pink Floyd of the psychedelic period with Barrett. Also Gilmours near folky "Fat Old Sun" is quite solid, while Waters’ "If" is somewhat dull.
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From 10/10/2022 14:43
The last track is actually quite bad, that´s a shame, cause I really like the rest of the album, specially the symphoinic first half
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From 09/06/2022 17:15
Great record
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From 06/29/2022 22:24
This album is the beginning of the new era for Pink Floyd, changes their sound a little bit for the 70s one especially on songs like If and Fat Old Sun. Suite has better and worse moments, it could been shorter, next 3 tracks are great and the last one is weird in a bad way.
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From 06/20/2022 08:47
This is a very elongated and drawn out record by Pink Floyd where the strongest moments are found in the middle three songs. The opening and closing track are a prime example of the group being overly focused on trying to be too experimental and in the process they lose the song altogether along the way. There are some great guitar moments on the opening track that do make it decent but the last song is just pointless in my opinion. Both of these tracks make the record far longer than it needs to be and are just a waste when they clearly demonstrate they can still make top quality music. This is evidenced in the three other songs which I think are fantastic and if they made a whole record of that it would be very strong. They are short and sweet and have some brilliant instrumental moments on them. They are the only reason I come back to the record. Overall, this isn't a bad Pink Floyd album but there is room to be improved and it isn't as good as their other work.
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From 01/23/2022 21:10
I'd like to say my favourite PF album if was not for Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast... unfortunately the lowest point of the band. The suite is something unbelievable.
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From 01/20/2022 21:41
The forgotten and ignored Floyd. This deserves much more accolades than it gets. There's a couple of places where they go off on experimental noise segments that let it down a fraction but overall it rightly holds it's place in the magnificent Floyd canon. Deserves to be placed higher than some of their albums ranked above it.
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From 01/08/2022 13:49
Love Floyd - took a long while to get this album though. I enjoy it but it isn't he Floyd I love.
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From 01/05/2022 16:38
Aunque muchos reniegan de él, este me parece el mejor disco de Pink Floyd hasta que llegaron Dark Side y Wish You Were Here.
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From 12/02/2021 21:46
85, sí, exactamente 85

Pues desde ya les digo que no soy muy fan de las canciones que se alargan demasiado, tal es mi caso con Echoes en Meddle, acerca de ese disco ya escribiré mis pensamientos en un cercano futuro. Quizás para el fin de semana. Dicho esto, y espero me puedan comprender si es que ese comentario sobre Echoes les ha generado antipatía, Atom Heart Mother EXPLOTA completamente.

La primera canción es simplemente de lo mejor que yo haya escuchado de Pink Floyd. Sí, se prolonga casi hasta los 24 minutos, pero es que la canción crece y se acomoda e incorpora nuevos tonos, y resurge y vuelve a crecer y así sucesivamente y cada vez que explota lo hace de una manera más original que la vez anterior y es que nunca me ha terminado de impactar. Esa canción que compone el lado A ha sido por mucho mi canción favorita del album. Y como ya he mencionado en un comentario en la misma canción, Stanley Kubrick la quiso utilizar para La naranja Mecánica, y probablemente Pink Floyd no lo autorizó porque Kubrick iba a usar unos pocos fragmentos, y cómo no, si la canción dura 23 minutos, pero sí, es un viaje muy agradable con órganos y guitarras y lo mucho que me ha sorprendido es indescriptible considerando mi prejuicio hacia una canción tan larga.

Después, le sigue el lado B, que tiene algunas otras canciones también para remarcar, como "Summer 68", "If", y "Fat Old Sun", (bueno, ya me he nombrado casi todo el disco), y pese a que no llegan al nivel de la primera canción, son muy agradables, en especial Summer 68. La cuestión con "If" es que es un poco melancólica y no sé si le caiga bien después de la vorágine de sensaciones eufóricas que es la canción homónima, pero es una forma en la que Atom Heart Mother demuestra su multiplicidad de estilos y tonos, y le quedan muy bien.

Mi único descontento en general sería la última canción, que más que una canción es un simple experimento muy común de las bandas de rock de esas épocas, véase Revolution 9 de los Beatles un par de años antes, pero que, por más que sean simples experimentos, en mi opinión, y al calificar albums por el puntaje promedio de la suma de las canciones le termina perjudicando en la nota final. Por eso este disco, que repito: me ha agradado muchísimo, termina con la nota de 85 y me quedo con el sentimiento de que tal vez merezca unas décimas más. Aún así se va a mi top 50.

Quizás el disco no sea para todos, en especial si les sucede que las canciones largas no son su estilo, pero créanme cuando les digo que tampoco son lo mío, y la 1era me ha resultado fantástica. Es un disco al que me veo escuchando de nuevo la próxima semana y porqué no este fin de semana.
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2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
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