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ABDUCTING THE UNICORN

Pineapple Thief

 

Crossover Prog

3.47 | 52 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Abducting the Unicorn is the debut album from Pineapple Thief. Pineapple Thief is often accused of being Radiohead clones but I donīt think thatīs fair even though Radiohead is clearly the biggest influence on Abducting the Unicorn. Abducting the Unicorn was released in 1999 and Pineapple Thief have been very active ever since as they have released lots of albums.

The music is pretty basic british rock but with some psychadelic middle sections which is what qualifies this album as being progressive rock. Mix Thom Yorke ( Radiohead) and Billy Corgan ( Smashing Pumpkins) and you got the voice of Bruce Soord. The Radiohead influence is the most obvious influence in the music but there are also hints of Smashing Pumpkins and Porcupine Tree. No One Leaves Earth and Everyone Must Perish goes beyond the vers/ chorus psychadelic middle section formula which is the dominant form on the album. Nick Lang uses lots of keyboards and programming in those two songs which makes for great variation on Abductiong the Unicorn. Parted Forever needs to be mentioned as well as it is 18:27 minutes long. Itīs a jamming atmospheric track which reminds me about Porcupine Tree.

The production is pretty good but would get better on subsequent releases.

The musicianship is good but Iīm having a bit of a trouble with Bruce Soordīs voice at times. He sounds very strained and quite frankly a bit too much like his influences. Had the vocals been more varied I would have rated this album higher.

All in all Abducting the Unicorn is an enjoyable and good rock album with progressive/ psychadelic tendencies and worth the 3 stars.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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