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137 [AKA: ONE THREE SEVEN]

The Pineapple Thief

 

Crossover Prog

3.24 | 75 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It is clear from the ratings that PINEAPPLE THIEF aren't for everyone. If you like Alternative rock especially SMASHING PUMPKINS and RADIOHEAD there is a very good chance you will love their music. Add a cup of PORCUPINE TREE and you get an idea of their sound. This is spacey, guitar driven music with mellotron.

"Lay On the Tracks" has such a beautiful intro, it's hard to put into words actually. It has the same effect as "Fake Plastic Trees" I suppose but only for the first minute of this song. "Perpetual Night Shift" opens with a spacey soundscape including a vocal melody. Soft vocals follow with some PORCUPINE TREE like synth sounds as mellotron flows in. Cool guitar solo to end song. "Kid Chameleon" is a good song with brief outbreaks of power. Violin and some good guitar in this one as well. A blistering solo after 5 minutes. "Incubate" is a catchy tune with Billy Corrigan-like vocals. "Doppler" really rocks out pretty good at times, and is dreamy the other times. Nice contrasts. Great drumming too. "Ster" opens with some brief processed vocals that change to normal.This song is ballad-like, at least for this band.

The next three songs are in the wrong order on the back of the cd. Too bad really. Prog Archives has it right. "Release the Tether" is next. With lots of spacey noises and sounds including flute, as a flood of mellotron comes in. Great guitar driven melody before 4 minutes. Next is "How Did We Find Our Way" a beautiful song similar to the intro of "Lay On the Tracks". "137" is pretty good, but gets better late with some nice guitar and a hypnotic rhythm. "Preserve" is another good song once it gets going. Good beat to this one. It ends on a quiet note. "Warm Me" is another catchy tune while "PVS" is my favourite on the record. As Prog-jester points out there is a Post-Rock feel to this song at one point. It opens with a melancholic mood with sad vocals and violin. It gets heavy briefly and again later. Great guitar melody, and then the song stops as violin comes back with guitar and keys. "MD One" is another highlight for me with it's percussion,guitar and vocals.

Another four star album as far as i'm concered. I just don't tire of Bruce's vocals and the beautiful music they create.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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