Despite initially getting off to a rocky start with two albums that were essentially ignored by the public in the early seventies (their debut and it's immediate follow-up, Indelibly Stamped), Supertramp more than made up for it with 1974's Crime of the Century and with that album the band also seemed to find it's footing-- putting out a series of exceptional albums; Crisis?! What Crisis?, Even In the Quietest Moments, and then this-- their smash hit, the pinnacle of their success, Breakfast in America.
While this isn't their best album, it is their most accessible and radio friendly. Spawning the hits Goodbye Stranger, Breakfast in America, The Logical Song, and Take the Long Way Home radio and the general public could not get enough of this gem.
And listening to the album start to finish, it's not difficult to understand why. The album is infectious, it grabs hold of the listener on Gone Hollywood and doesn't let go until Child of Vision.
Despite this not being their best album, it is certainly still one of their better, in the succession of albums they released between 1974 and Roger Hodgson's departure in 1983. The vocal chemistry between Hodgson and Davies is the best it had been since Crisis?! What Crisis? The songs are crisp and exceptionally executed and capture the overall dour melancholia that was so pervasive in that era.
This album could not be duplicated today, it's a capsule of a place in history and perhaps better than just about any other album from that era, Breakfast in America is a snapshot of the overall mood of the western world at the time of the album's recording. What was not captured in the album's lyrics was certainly captured in the music and the overall performance of the album as a whole.
Roger Hodgson - Open the Door (2000) review
Supertramp - Crisis?! What Crisis? (1975) review
Supertramp - It Was the Best of Times (1999) review
Breakfast in America
The Logical Song
Take the Long Way Home