UK, 1979, pop rock / progressive pop
Supertramp – Breakfast in America: Whatever the original concept for this album was, and no matter how the songwriters scrapped their ideas, what I take away from this incredibly catchy pop album is this: here’s a story of a bloke who decided to go to Hollywood to make it big, had a mental breakdown, and realized that all is vanity. He became living proof of that ancient wisdom, having gone around the sun to find the moon. It’s got incredibly depressing themes couched in bright, fun, poppy sounds. This is exactly the kind of pop I like: cynical themes embedded in fun tunes. Also, this is one of the few albums in my collection that came from a real life recommendation, not something I either found on my own or was recommended by someone on the internet.