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Founded in Yeovil, Somerset, UK in 1999

The guitarist of VULGAR UNICORN starts his solo career with this band, which is inspired as much by PORCUPINE TREE as by his old group. PINEAPPLE THIEF has a mix of prog with some space rock. Balance, beauty, and modernity are all to be found in the plush sounds of PINEAPPLE THIEF ... great melodies, songs and plenty of atmospheres. This band will appeal to fans of RADIOHEAD, but other occasional influences show through that are less obvious but apparent (PINK FLOYD, U2, OZRICS and KING CRIMSON).

With their second release, PINEAPPLE THIEF (PTh for short) have reached a state of grace with their frenzy guitar drawings and acoustic sets, using Mellotron to the better effect without ever sounding retro. Indeed, and more than with the two previous albums from PINEAPPLE THIEF, "Variations on a Dream" is brimming over with its creator's talent and is impressive with its incredible commercial potential. Thus, PTh has elaborated a "double layer album", in which the prog fan will enjoy the fine-tuned production and the arrangements, while the pop rock lovers will be delighted with accessible and addictive songs. This is the type of CD that one plays over again as soon as it ends. A little miracle of balance, and a place in my Top 5 for 2003.

Highly Recommended..!

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THE PINEAPPLE THIEF top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.41 | 76 ratings
Abducting The Unicorn [Aka: Abducted At Birth]
1999
3.26 | 81 ratings
137 [Aka: One Three Seven]
2002
3.23 | 145 ratings
Variations On A Dream
2003
2.43 | 49 ratings
12 Stories Down
2004
3.26 | 95 ratings
10 Stories Down
2005
3.76 | 151 ratings
Little Man
2006
3.85 | 221 ratings
What We Have Sown
2007
3.62 | 198 ratings
Tightly Unwound
2008
3.56 | 251 ratings
Someone Here Is Missing
2010
3.64 | 168 ratings
All The Wars
2012
3.61 | 147 ratings
Magnolia
2014
3.93 | 240 ratings
Your Wilderness
2016
4.04 | 156 ratings
Dissolution
2018

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
Live 2003
2003
3.59 | 14 ratings
Someone Here Is Live
2010
4.36 | 12 ratings
Live At The 013
2013
4.10 | 10 ratings
Live 2014
2015
3.73 | 24 ratings
Where We Stood
2017

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THE PINEAPPLE THIEF Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 49 ratings
3000 Days
2009
3.29 | 9 ratings
Introducing ...The Pineapple Thief
2014

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Sherbet Gods
2000
3.84 | 10 ratings
4 Stories Down
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
Limited Edition Free CD
2006
4.20 | 15 ratings
Shoot first
2008
3.92 | 29 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part 1)
2009
3.87 | 26 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part Two)
2009
3.72 | 18 ratings
Show A Little Love
2010
4.75 | 4 ratings
Nothing At Best
2010
4.00 | 21 ratings
Build A World
2013

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 Dissolution by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.04 | 156 ratings

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Dissolution
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by guiservidoni

5 stars This is another one of those albums where, even though you feel you've had enough of it already, you keep coming back. You know it is starting to sound repetitive, but you just do it again because it will sound so good again. And it's kinda hard to explain.

For me, the previous release of Your Wilderness was a sign of great things to come with Gavin Harrison hopping up. In itself it didn't have the substance, but it showed the potential. And with Dissolution, they brought such potential to justice: kinda like when Meddle worked as the unintended terrain preparation for Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

In itself, the songs follow Pineapple Thief's usual formula of "safe innovation" and titles that are repeated throughout the lyrics (ha-ha). I was starting to get disappointed at it until that monster that is White Mist. The album's epic (if you can call it that way) gave me the motivation to try another spin. And since, for me, this was one of those albums that grew over time, it just got better with each listen. The songs are almost paired to a certain extent, where the "breathing time" between the album peaks are balanced just right and the album lasts as much as it needed to, leaving us with the feeling of wanting more but grateful for what we had.

On musicianship, it is glorious as it should be. Bass is almost the pulse of the album, and the atmosphere that is put together make this album a journey. It's definitely one for a listen with noise-cancelling headphones in a not-to-be-disturbed time.

This is something.

 Variations On A Dream by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.23 | 145 ratings

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Variations On A Dream
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars People like to compare The Pineapple Thief to Radiohead and/or The Smashing Pumpkins, and even to Porcupine Tree. I have been guilty of the same mainly because, well, they do wear their influences on their sleeve, but they do wear them well. That is what keeps me coming back to them. Sometimes their music is very light on the prog and heavier on the alternative. Bruce Soord's voice sounds like a slightly more mellow version of Billy Corgan from TSP, and the themes of Radiohead, but usually with less progressiveness. I find on many of their albums, most of their songs are nice, but not very memorable.

"Variations of a Dream", however, is a step above the norm for The Pineapple Thief, at least for me. There is something about it for me that is more memorable and impressive. There are the usual so-so tracks like the instrumental "Resident Alien" which seems like it wants to go somewhere, but ends up just serving as filler, or the repetitive and somewhat annoying "Sooner or Later". But the good tracks on here are really good. For example, I find a lot more heartfelt emotion on "The Bitter Pill" and "We Subside", more ingenuity and room to expand on the 16 minute track "Remember Us", and a little more experimentalism and ambience in "Vapour Trails". Just when you think things might be just a little too sad and slow, they throw in a track just a little more upbeat in "Run Me Through" which also has a great guitar solo in the middle. Bruce also seems to be trying to find his own sound here, but this wouldn't always continue to be the case.

It does seem that every so often, you come across an album of theirs that is better than the others, but it is always hard to put your finger on what it is that makes this album better. I think that when the band gives more time to let their music breathe, they have better results, but not always as was the case with "What We Have Sown" on a different album that stretched out to 27 minutes, which was 12 minutes of overdevelopment. At least, their music is always just good enough to make me want to keep trying, and this album does have more to offer than some of their others, if nothing else, better melodies and better developed songs.

I have given many of their albums 3 stars because they are good albums, but they have nothing that is really memorable or groundbreaking. I give this one 4 stars because the songs are better and more developed for the most part. It has always been one of my favorites from them and each time I hear it, I find it much more intriguing than their weaker albums, which I sometimes have a hard time getting through.

 Someone Here Is Missing by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.56 | 251 ratings

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Someone Here Is Missing
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Less introspective and filled with more energy and upbeat songs - this is the characteristics of this album. Pineapple Thief leave slowly their Radiohead influences to embrace more of Porcupine Tree touch. The songs are heavier than usual anc contain more guitar riffs as opposed to strings or keyboard soundscapes known from previous works. Two exceptions are "The state we're in" and "Barely breathing" with emotional harmony vocals and semi-acoustic sound. "Preparation for the meltdown" is a combination of a traditionally melody led song and heavy post-rock riffing. The title track is weaker than usual. The last and longest song has a dramatic atmosphere marked by drums and strings but also a pleasant vocal harmonies in the end. This album is easy to get familiar with but does not leave much memorable for a prog-oriented listener.
 Tightly Unwound by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.62 | 198 ratings

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The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars This is what I call the last traditional Pineapple Thief that has traces of Radiohead. The melody and flow over complex shifts in composition and many laid back soft tracks. The first track confirms that. Then we have "Shoot first" that displays how the band will change the focus in the future to become more pompeous in the progressive-rock vein. This is a very strong track. Coldplay influence kicks in in the next song although the song is much more complex than any radio-friendly Coldplay tracks. The title track has heavy drums, a muted voice a layer of mellotron behind. Traditionally, there are some delicate lenghty tracks - even two on this album. Different World is softer, more introspective with great and tender Soord's voice. On the other hand, progheads will prefer the last "Too much to lose" due to instrumental sections. A good album but in the league with the previous two ones.
 What We Have Sown by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.85 | 221 ratings

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What We Have Sown
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The previous album marked already a small but confident return to the good old shape.

The album starts with an upbeat and not too pessimistic opener. "Well I think that's what you said" is one of the album highlights, offers a great melody, emotiona vocal, a good drumming pattern and a post-rock instrumental section. No wonder that "Take me with you" belongs to the favourite songs by PT by some PT fans - it is very melancholic, musically and lyrically accessible. The chord progression drew my attention for the very first time and stayed in my mind for a long time.

"West wind" is a track that will please all progheads - instrumentally driven, kudos to the drummer for changing the landscapes together with the guitar. The last 27-minute epic track is an excellent addition to the album - there is enough space for each musician to stretch out. Mostly mellow but also getting louder in the second part, it is well worth exploring. One of the best albums by PT and contains enough elements for Crossover Prog to obtain 4 stars.

 10 Stories Down by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.26 | 95 ratings

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The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars 10 stories down is arguably the least progressive album from Pineapple Thief. The mood stays melancholic and introspective. Clapham has a decent melody and flair. Wretched Soul balances between cresciendo alternative rock and mellow part. Start your descent is an acoustic track with guitar and violin which does not progress much. I will light up your eyes might look promising with its 7 minutes, however there is not much going on and it is a repetitive track. The last regular track Who will light up your eyes does not shine with ambitions either: it has a calm start and a repetitive motive in the end. Overall, this album should have been shorter as there are not as many ideas as on other PT albums. The bonus tracks are worth hearing but certainly not necessary.
 Variations On A Dream by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.23 | 145 ratings

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The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars Another step in the development of the band's sound - even less progressive elements and trying to sound like an alternative pop/rock band with touches of melancholy (Porcupine Tree/Radiohead) and some mellow Smashing Pumpkins vocals thrown in. After the first two dreamy tracks comes a more experimental one - "Vapour trails". There are different parts of the song although it can technically still not be called a prog composition. "Run me through" is the most obvious SP nod here, it wouldn't be out of place on the first album. The bitter pill is once again a song close to Radioheat. More interesting track is the instrumental "Resident Alien" with acoustic piano and guitar. "Sooner or later" is one of the catchies songs on the album and offers also dark instrumentation. "Remember us" has all good traces of Pineapple Thief - gorgeous melody, instrumental sections, loose playing and strong atmosphere.

This album is recommended to all Crossover-Prog fans but the majority of the progheads might be disappointed to miss progressive elements.

 Abducting The Unicorn [Aka: Abducted At Birth] by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.41 | 76 ratings

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Abducting The Unicorn [Aka: Abducted At Birth]
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Once you start listening to the first song, you ask yourself: haven't I heard this band already before or something sounding similar? Yes, Smashing Pumpkins is the greatest influence here on almost all musicians - singing, drums and guitar. Most songs have similar drumming pattern which I really like. The voice is loud but not anger-driven. There are also touches of electronica and it is clear that the band knows how to use them delicately with the rock. Fortunately, there are also moments to calm down and relax, the instrumental passages bring more introspective atmosphere that is not otherwise felt on this debut album. A good album but non-essential and unlike any other following album.
 Dissolution by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.04 | 156 ratings

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Dissolution
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Timdano

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.

 Dissolution by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.04 | 156 ratings

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Dissolution
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by 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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