Digesting “Breakfast In America”
Here’s an interesting read about one of the most popular albums of the 1970’s, Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America”. I happen to love SUpertramp, don’t even consider them a “guilty” pleasure. They never really tasted like full blown “prog” to me, I always thought that they were more Beatles than King Crimson. And although Supertramp has been tagged as soft rock sugar merchants, if you look a little deeper you will find that there’s always been a dark side lurking just beneath the surface, lyrically and musically.
Of course the band only released 4 albums of any worth in their lifetime (Crime Of The Century, Crisis What Crisis?, Even In The Quietest Moments and Breakfast In America) and BIA is their poppy peak. Funny, though, that I never thought of this as a proper “concept” album, always thinking of it in terms of individual pieces, until I read the following article on Pop Dose by DW Dunphy. Even if you loathe the band, as a song-by-song analysis it is a really interesting read and damn fine piece of musical criticism, so go there anyway. To whet your appetite, here’s a snippet: