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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 | 96 ratings
10 Stories Down
2005
3.76 | 154 ratings
Little Man
2006
3.86 | 223 ratings
What We Have Sown
2007
3.63 | 200 ratings
Tightly Unwound
2008
3.56 | 253 ratings
Someone Here Is Missing
2010
3.64 | 170 ratings
All The Wars
2012
3.64 | 154 ratings
Magnolia
2014
3.95 | 248 ratings
Your Wilderness
2016
3.95 | 189 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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 Tightly Unwound by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.63 | 200 ratings

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Tightly Unwound
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars With the release of The Pineapple Thief's 8th album 'Tightly Unwound', released in 2008, we finally see them performing and writing better songs and melodies and venturing into a more progressive sound. Finally, Bruce Soord is moving away from the slow dragging tracks and allowing the guitars and keyboards to open up, but also offering more up beat tracks. Not only that, but on their slower tracks, the melodies are much more interesting and emotional, they are starting to achieve the beauty that they had a hard time finding previously because they were trying to sound too alternative, but coming out sounding embarrassingly whiney. That's not to say that everything they did previously was bad, but there were too many tracks that were just pathetically boring. Things were improving and more for the overall sound and not just occasionally. The album that was released in 2007, 'What We Have Sown', was actually a collection of material written for other albums but previously had been unused, so it really wasn't the improvement that many were looking for. However, this album was the real new album for the year and it did bring improvement.

'My Debt to You' is a good opener, even though it is not the most upbeat track to open with, it still carries itself well and gives you a good introduction to the band if its your first time hearing them. Right away, you should notice the similarities in vocal style with Thom Yorke from Radiohead and musical style similar to a more mellow Porcupine Tree. But they have their own distinctive style also, and that is also apparent. 'Shoot First' is the track that is more upbeat and more ear catching with the melody and hooks. This track is a bit more progressive, but still a bit on the light side. 'Sinners' has a less interesting melody and tends to side with a track on some of their weaker albums, but it does have the quick strumming similar to Porcupine Tree's 'Trains', but again, with a weaker melody. Through these first three tracks, you got that Radiohead vocal sound. Even though these are all tracks with radio friendly length, I find them better than some of the more lackluster efforts especially since they tend to have more life to them overall.

Next comes 'Sinners' with the processed vocals similar to what Steven Wilson does with his vocal effects. Again, the melody and musicality just isn't up to par with Porcupine Tree yet, but you can hear the influence anyway. On 'Tightly Wound' there is a big improvement because the track does build in intensity, so it doesn't drag like some of their slower and earlier tracks did, and the progressive tendency is much stronger also, so that is improving. 'The Sorry State' is quite melancholy, again starting with acoustic strumming and Soord does his higher register in the beginning, again reminiscent of Radiohead, but also with better attention to a better and more interesting melody. The instrumental break turns things up a notch with a great guitar interlude.

'My Bleeding Hand' surprises again with another upbeat track with what begins as alternative guitars, but intensifies. Soord's vocals are no longer dragging or as moan-y as he has been too many times in the past. 'Different World' is a 10+ minute track, and before you worry that they may fall into the same trap as before, that is producing a long track that fooled some into thinking it was a great progressive epic, and getting a lot of repetition or meandering instead, this time, things are better as in allowing for better movement among sections and again, the themes are better. Having said that, there are still some issues, but there is an obvious improvement. There is a lot less meandering around in a slow rut, things are more dynamic.

'And So Say All of You' sounds just like Steven Wilson's vocals. But, after a mellow start, it intensifies like a Porcupine Tree song, so that is a great thing, especially since it is a good song, but lacking a bit in development. Another epic track follows with the 14+ minute song 'Too Much to Lose'. The opening is simply beautiful with soft piano and synths with some nice effects and a nice vocal melody. After two verses, a guitar solo improvises off of the main theme. At 4 minutes, there is a change in the tone of the song as it darkens and intensifies. The guitar gets loud and fuzzy as it pounds towards a heavy section and is joined by ominous keys. Just before 7 minutes, everything drops out except for an echoing synth, then drums crash in with a more moderate rhythm, spooky keys and spoken word vocals set for an ominous section. About 10 minutes in, things fade and become a bit experimental for about a minute before the previous theme comes back in chiming in the guitars and synths. Then the whole band leads out the last part of the track with a rousing finale.

Overall, this album shows much better improvement and is a good step towards a more progressive sound from the band. It would also feature more emotional songs with better melodies and themes, and better flow in the longer tracks, not just made long by wasting time, but actually having substance in the longer tracks. There was still some room to work here, but for the most part, the moan-y alternative songs were being replaced with better dynamics and even some upbeat sections. I like this album much better than most of their earlier albums, and finally they seemed to be returning to the sound of their awesome album 'Variations on a Dream'.

 Dissolution by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 189 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 | 253 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
3.63 | 200 ratings

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Tightly Unwound
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
3.86 | 223 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 | 96 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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Variations On A Dream
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
3.95 | 189 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.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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