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DISSOLUTION

The Pineapple Thief

Crossover Prog


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5 stars I've never been much a fan of The Pineappld Thieft. I've heard quite few albums of them and most of their songs felt quite unremarkable, with some exceptions. Still, after Gavin Harrison joined up the crew, Your Wilderness was the first album I really enjoyed, and Dissolution really upped their game.

This time Gavin Harrison helped in the writting process and you can definitely hear it through the songs. But this is not only about GH as the other members inputs also helps creating a very cohesive and solid album. There's lots of memorable hooks, very nice guitar riff's and solos, crazy atmosphere created by the keyboards and guitars and your usual GH odd time signature's and clean but complex drumming patterns.

White Mist is a must listen track.

5/5

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Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Review Permalink
rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR
Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team
4 stars Here's a new chapter in the world of Pineapple Theif with an album that is co-written by Bruce and Gavin Harrison, the new member of the band. The album is more of a group effort then Bruce's music. The themes of the album are rather dark because it talks about the destruction of society through social media and technology as a new way to spread out violence. The music on this album is less electronic and metal than his previous material. While the acoustic side of the band has been always present, it has never been so obvious here. The melodies are gorgeous, and then the voice of Bruce never been so good. The album starts quietly but it takes a heavier note with the beautiful song "Threatening War". The sudden burst of guitar metal riffs in the Porcupine Tree style are almost gone here with some delicate melodies that takes a lot of acoustic sounds even with some delicate drums of Gavin. "All That You've Got" is a song that could be a single in the future. "Shed a Light" starts as an acoustic song and the rest is some improvisation from Gavin Harrison. "White Mist" is another good song that displays some nice guitar melodies with the addition of guitarist David Torn. My only criticism is on the more conventional style of music in the songs "Uncovering Your Tracks" and "Far Below" I recommend buying the special edition to hear the acoustic album with the songs running in a different order and with the guitar of Goerge Marios. But also to have both versions of the album in surround.
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Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Review Permalink
BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Bruce Sword and company have collected a very well-recorded and rendered group of more Indie or pop rock- oriented songs for this 2018 release. Nice contributions from Gavin Harrison and David Torn.

1. "Not Naming Any Names" (2:05) a brilliantly sedate and spacious opener with Bruce singing over piano in such a soft, emotional voice. A top three song for me. (4.5/5)

2. "Try As I Might" (4:26) clear, clean guitar-based rock with the always-welcome drumming of Gavin Harrison. There are several PT/Steven Wilson-like moments or nuances, but over all it's a very good song. Slide guitar used for the solo instrument in the "C" part. (8.5/10)

3. "Threatening War" (6:37) singing in a little higher register, Bruce leads us into another more delicate, sensitive story. He gets more aggressive as the music drops out and leaves only an acoustic guitar, but then the full band kicks in with a straightforward rocker for the chorus. The "C" part on this song is where everything interesting happens: guitar harmonics, subtle drumming flourishes, etc., but it's too short. Then it kicks back into the chorus section before finishing out with the final verse and chorus. (8.25/10)

4. "Uncovering Your Tracks" (4:29) interesting Peter Gabriel-like foundational weave sets up before Bruce sings in an almost-talking voice. The chorus is amped up by strumming acoustic guitars and a few electric guitar chords. This presence of a raunchy electric guitar gives the song a kind of Steven Wilson feel to it--especially as the vocal has gone this way--while the ensuing guitar also has a frenetic squeal tone not unlike upcoming song guest David Torn. Not enough variation and diversity to make this one really stand out. (8.5/10)

5. "All That You've Got" (3:27) rock 'n' roll with an indie feel. Indistinct and nondescript save for the awesome guitar solo in the third minute. (8.25/10)

6. "Far Below" (4:36) opens with a little "Thunder Island" feel--and this remains the dominant chord and guitar approach throughout this rockin' song. Unfortunately, it gets a little monotonous. (8/10)

7. "Pillar of Salt" (1:25) A non-descript song. Too bad I don't hear lyrics. (3.5/5)

8. "White Mist" (11:05) the length of this song allows for some nice sound experimentations from several contributors, David Torn being the primary source. Gavin's work is so solid, like the spine of a vertebrate. But the song never really digs in, never digs deep enough to engage me into a head-banging, foot-stomping, air-guitar strumming experience (though Harrison and Torn's interplay in the seventh and eighth minutes is pretty darn awesome!). After the 8:20 mark there is an awesome section of keys and drums before Bruce rejoins with his singing--which is then followed by some stunning guitar shredding by Torn. The second best song on the album. (8.75/10)

9. "Shed a Light" (5:20) sparse acoustic guitar play with delicate vocal opens this song. When the full band joins in it has a kind of twangy folk-pop sound to it not unlike a Ben Watt/Everything But The Girl song. Odd guitar strumming precedes a very cool heavier guitar and keyboard-based chord ascension before we mysteriously (and disappointingly) return to the sparse opening style and sound (with drums and simple bass). The wide and dramatic dynamic shifts of this song do make it interesting and the chord progressions and vocal melodies are the best on the album. (9/10)

Though Gavin Harrison's presence is heard, it's not really felt as none of these songs really explores or experiments much with standardized forms or sounds. This is a rock album; the band's least proggy album yet.

Four stars; a nice addition to any prog lover's music collection.

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Posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 | Review Permalink
Menswear
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The hottest band on the market?

Yes.

Pineapple Thief grew a ton of hair since Gavin Harrison joined. No more peachfuzz, the music is now a muscular but very gracious adult. Like Porl Thomson, Dave Grohl or Ian Mosley , Harrison is now 'THE drummer' that elevated a band to something better, higher or steadier. Although he's never overdoing it, his mind-boggling beats (and melodies?) are giving the band an aura of true perfectionism, something sleek and chic, that elevates everything and making it classy.

The recipe is quite similar to their 'Wilderness' album, don't expect any changes: more imploding than Porcupine Tree but still rumbling with anger at times. I like when the band is leashing out crunchier moments, unfortunately rarer on this cookie. PTh is good at what Porcupine Tree started and perfected until The Incident (that sucked the big one). On the other side, PTh is giving you a good following to that pattern but only with more eerie/spooky factor perhaps? The more you listen, the more you realize you're facing an hybrid beast: half-past, half-future but completely charming.

Whatever floats your goat, Dissolution is giving you a great time, no doubt about it. Closer to a pop album than a prog, it's short, goes to the point and cut off all the baloney elements of longer albums (*ahem* Roine Stolt). Are you tired of interminable records of 74 minutes? I sure am. Something epurated like this album is oxygen for your brain and won't test your patience. If they keep up like that, they will give birth to a mammoth of good taste and self-mastery. They are THAT close.

Who said shorter albums are because of the lack of inspiration? Not this case here!

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Posted Monday, September 17, 2018 | Review Permalink
4 stars Is this it, their masterpiece?

A personal favorite TPT album for me is Little Man that despite the incredibly dark subject matter (the loss of a baby and the tsunami of emotions surrounding that event) really draws me in. Little Man is raw, gut-wrenching, incredible music. I sense a similar dynamic to this album too; albeit without the backdrop of personal tragedy. A lot of The Pineapple Thief's output flirts with greatness but never quite hits that mark. But with Dissolution, I believe, Soord and company have found that sweet spot- unforgettable melodies and a flawless listening. It's not really progressive though, and that's OK.

For a band that's been around a long time, Dissolution sounds surprisingly fresh. I assume the infusion of of Gavin Harrison talent into a true band member/collaborator for TPT plays a large role in this.

Things that strike me: Perfect production. Painstaking detail to each song. Absence of filler, every song is good.

It's evident that Bruce Soord really did give this one the attention this album portrays now. Put on a good set of headphones, pour a glass of decent wine, close your eyes, sit back and take this one in? you won't be disappointed.

This is it; their masterpiece.

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Posted Friday, September 21, 2018 | Review Permalink

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