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The Pineapple Thief


Crossover Prog

3.26 | 96 ratings

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2 stars 10 STORIES DOWN is my second Pineapple Thief acquisition, and it's likely to be my last.

While I had liked their previous release (2003's VARIATIONS ON A DREAM - see my review), I find listening to this latest effort to be tedious in the extreme. The disc is aptly titled, because the ten tracks (or "stories") presented here (track 11 is a continuation of track 10) really bring me down. (Perhaps "ten stories" is the minimum height you might want to jump from, to ensure success in forever removing the memory of this dismal stuff from your head....)

Lyrics mean much to me, and these feel like an adolescent suicide note set to music - and it's dreary, repetitive music, at that: the proggy traces and influences that lifted VARIATIONS above the norm are woefully absent. Instead, we get what might result if you locked those cheery souls Morrissey and Robert Smith in a bare room, limited them to a diet of bread and water (the latter heavily spiked with downers), and ordered to write some songs, with no uplifting or humourous material allowed.

10 STORIES DOWN gives you unrelentingly whining, wrist-slittingly-depressing lyrics and vocals, and limp, generic music that all sounds much the same. Main "Thief" Bruce Soord moans about how he wants "something to live for" - I don't know if his lyrics are autobiographical, but a look at PT's website informs me that he's recently married. Hopefully his new bride will give him a reason to "keep breathing."

What a bleak disappointment! Collectors and fans (hopefully on Prozac) only! Why not add some musical variety and HOPE next time, Brucey?

Peter | 2/5 |


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