Atom Heart Mother (studio album) by Pink Floyd

Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 553rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 1,146 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1970 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (128th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (553rd)

Pink Floyd bestography

Atom Heart Mother is ranked 8th best out of 35 albums by Pink Floyd on BestEverAlbums.com.

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 91,293.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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78/100 (from 1,146 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.0/100, a mean average of 77.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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30/100
From 07/12/2021 07:44
Not a goto Floyd album for me but there's some great moments, particularly the title track and Summer '68.
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90/100
From 01/12/2021 15:30
"Psychedelic breakfast" drags on for too long, but the rest is very good
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80/100
From 08/12/2019 18:59
While there isn't really a theme or flow to this album, unlike Pink Floyd's most famous albums, Atom Heart Mother is a very enjoyable piece of music. The highlights for me are the title track, If, and Summer of '68. I would also say that Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast is rated lower than it should be. In fact, I'd say that having this album bookended by two, longer instrumental pieces is the most interesting aspect of Atom Heart Mother.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 07/12/2019 22:37
I'll never forget when my brain had a conference call with Orange Barrel and Atom Heart Mother on the same night. To this day, I can see those three cows from the back cover staring at me.
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75/100
From 03/09/2019 12:37
Favourite track: "Atom Heart Mother"
Least-liked track: "Fat Old Sun"
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90/100
From 02/28/2019 14:54
I never realized that Pink Floyd apparently had quite a bit of influence on Twee Pop, including Belle & Sebastian (one of my favorite bands). Atom Heart Mother is case in point. Summer of 68, with it's chipper, whispered cadence and baroque horns, sounds like it could have been on any B&S album. It's uncanny. The other 2 tracks are not far behind. The opening and closing tracks are epic, glorious psychedelia, but let's just say not everyone's cup of English Breakfast ;)
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95/100
From 01/22/2019 13:39
Straight up incredible. I've just realized that I left the comment for the album in the wrong place, so just gonna copy it over here:
What a glorious album. It's discordant yet melodious, featuring distant melodies being overpowered by discordant overlayed progressions. It's reflective and otherworldly all at the same time. The dreamy, floaty chords, Gilmour's glassy solos and choral melodies and orchestral layers just make it so sophisticated and yet so simple. It's like directly getting a slice out of someone's mind. I just love it so.
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55/100
From 06/09/2018 03:00
Title track "Atom Heart Mother" (so named after a newspaper headline in relation to a woman with a nuclear heart) coming in at 23 minutes and the entire of side 1 is pretty good even if the middle section sounds like the soundtrack to a Porno Movie

Side 2 is highlighted by "Summer 68" about a groupie encounter followed by Waters nice ballad "If" . Sadly "Fat Old Sun " and "Psychedelic Breakfast" are both terrible with the latter literally a geezer cooking breakfast muttering garbage to himself

I followed the lead of a previous poster who recommended checking out a live version of "Atom Heart Mother" (I went for Live in Montreux 1970) & even though it didn't have the recorded version Choir and brass I really enjoyed it , its almost a completely different song and is very powerful and 100% awesome. I would strongly recommend it !

55/100 (let down badly by the 2 terrible tracks )
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85/100
From 05/22/2018 01:00
Not sure why this album's rated so low. This was fantastic!
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
5. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
6. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
7. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
8. Moondance by Van Morrison
9. Fun House by The Stooges
10. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
13. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
14. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
15. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
16. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
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18. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
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