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DISSOLUTION

The Pineapple Thief

 

Crossover Prog

3.92 | 255 ratings

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Devolvator
4 stars Autumn, melancholic. An alarming tendency to soften and simplify compositions is immediately apparent. This album is a kind of "respite" of the group - alas, it has not surpassed its predecessor. This is "Dissolution" by The Pineapple Thief. What can you say about it? The group retained its former incredible melody and spacious, rich sound. The palette has become softer and darker at the same time, the songs are full of melancholy and beauty, but the band members have forgotten about their former power. Gavin Harrison is still in the saddle, but without the same fire, which is depressing. Equally unpleasantly surprising is the absence of epic and complex tracks at the end of the album, which makes the LP a little crude in the conceptual sense of the word. The booklet, alas, is just as unpleasantly simple: 20 pages of black paper with a dry presentation of the texts. These moments drag the record down, but are not fatal for the album. The obvious advantages are the magnificent dark, almost cinematic atmosphere of the music and laconicism: where previously it took 10 or more minutes to achieve the effect, now only 3-4 are used. Gone are the powerful "prog fills", but there are drum-rolls that were absent in the previous albums. Of the obvious diamonds of the record: "Uncovering Your Tracks". Beautiful paranoia, pleasant soft silvery drum sound and vocals that have already become classics of neo-progressive, as well as the guitar. In the middle, the piece explodes with a magnificent solo from Bruce Soord and technical drums, creating a sense of chase, fear and persecution, which soon abates, returning to its former calm course. And the second one is "Try As I Might": a kind of forerunner of the above-described thing and a wonderful beginning of the album (since the first composition is only a semantic background insert). Between them is a quiet autumn "Threatening War", which goes with a barely audible step, with beautiful acoustic guitars. All three tracks form a kind of suite, interestingly combined with each other. But the second part of the album, alas, came out more even and calm, which prompts different thoughts. The stuff is good, but it doesn't add anything new to The Pineapple Thief's rich and multifaceted heritage. Although it cannot be called a tragedy. The album is not the top - but it is one of the best releases.
Devolvator | 4/5 |

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