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The Pineapple Thief


Crossover Prog

3.24 | 146 ratings

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3 stars This is a really good album. The opening track almost hasa symphonic vibe to it. This album is quite chilled out which is good but i have an itching feeling that this album lacks something. It is very listenable but does have its times of struggle. "We Subside" is an incrdibly great song. I think the reason why i had difficulties with this album as it lacks balance, it is very chilled and mellow but the album does start to pick up with "Sooner or Later" and "Part Zero". Both of these are excellent tracks, standout ones on this album in my opinion as well as "Vapour Trails" but "We Subside" is the most appealing to me. The vocals on this album are amazing. There is definetly a Porcupine Tree, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins vibe as other people have said. This album is mellower and not as spacey or experimental.

Some things that bug me about this album are that i fail to see the space/experimental side of this album. It seems like it is based around more straightforward songwriting. It is also difficult for me to pick out any major proggressive elements as well. I'm not sure that this is a prog album, I don't know about Pineapple Thief's other work. "Remember Us" starts a bitterly happy and pop sounding piece that i think contradicts the rest of the album. The rest of the track starts to show signs of experimental and prog but most if it sounds like filler. Another filler is the instrumental track "Resident Alien". The beginging of the album plays like a cold winters morning. I think that the first track is definetly the best piece to come out of this album because it appeals to prog fans, shows off great depressing vocals and has no pop charm to ruin it. This album is a very worthy and interesting listen but it can be a struggle to grip the listner, also i think in a world of prog it is definetly not going to appeal, luckily i like lots of alternate rock so i can relate to this music.

frenchie | 3/5 |


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