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Shadow of Breakfast,
This review is from: Famous Last Words (Audio CD)
"Breakfast In America" is without a doubt one of the all-time classic albums. Beyond that and "Crime Of The Century", it's easy to let the rest of Supertramp's work go unnoticed. That's what happened with me. I've been listening to Crime and Breakfast for years while neglecting the rest of their catalog. My bad! I've recently picked up several other Supertramp albums, including "Famous Last Words".
Clearly, Supertramp were trying to distinguish FLW as something other than simply a follow-up to the blockbuster Breakfast. Although the sound is unmistakably Supertramp, it's obvious there was an effort to strike out in different directions to accomplish something that could build upon their previous success.
Check out "Waiting So Long" for some foreshadowing of the following Supertramp album, "Brother Where You Bound" with it's rich orchestration and trademark build-ups and the '50s doo-wop influenced "My Kind of Lady" for an indication of these changes. Of course, there is still the classic Supertramp with songs like "It's Raining Again" and "Crazy" (which could easily have ended up on Breakfast In America based on its sound).
Despite hiding in the shadow of Breakfast In America, Famous Last Words is still a great album in the Supertramp tradition. Consider it essential for the Supertramp fan.