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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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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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All the WarsAll the Wars
Kscope 2012
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MagnoliaMagnolia
Kscope 2014
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Tightly UnwoundTightly Unwound
Kscope 2013
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Someone Here Is MissingSomeone Here Is Missing
Kscope 2010
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Someone Here IsSomeone Here Is
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Snapper Import 2010
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Kscope 2014
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Kscope 2011
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Kscope 2011
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Kscope 2011
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Kscope 2013
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3.46 | 52 ratings
Abducting The Unicorn
1999
3.22 | 54 ratings
137
2002
3.19 | 102 ratings
Variations On A Dream
2003
2.29 | 29 ratings
12 Stories Down
2004
3.33 | 59 ratings
10 Stories Down
2005
3.76 | 101 ratings
Little Man
2006
3.75 | 162 ratings
What We Have Sown
2007
3.61 | 152 ratings
Tightly Unwound
2008
3.59 | 194 ratings
Someone Here is Missing
2010
3.66 | 119 ratings
All The Wars
2012
3.72 | 64 ratings
Magnolia
2014

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

3.67 | 3 ratings
Live 2003
2003
3.57 | 12 ratings
Someone Here Is Live
2010
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live At The 013
2013

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

3.91 | 43 ratings
3000 Days
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Introducing ...The Pineapple Thief
2014

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Sherbet Gods
2000
3.83 | 9 ratings
4 Stories Down
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Limited Edition Free CD
2006
4.18 | 11 ratings
Shoot first
2008
3.80 | 26 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part 1)
2009
3.75 | 23 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part Two)
2009
3.69 | 16 ratings
Show A Little Love
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nothing At Best
2010
4.00 | 15 ratings
Build A World
2013

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 Magnolia by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.72 | 64 ratings

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Magnolia
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band THE PINEAPPLE THIEF was formed back in 1999 by composer and musician Bruce Soord. Initially a self-described bedroom project, that have developed into a well defined and rather popular band as the years have gone by. "Magnolia" is their tenth studio production, and was released through UK label Kscope in the late fall of 2014.

Whenever you're dealing with a Kscope production, you know that no matter what kind of music the album contains the mix, production and overall sound quality will be excellent. This latest production by The Pineapple Thief is no exception there, those fond of well produced material in general will get their fix solved quite nicely here. The sound comes across as fairly analogue, in that it doesn't come across as compressed in the manner in which many contemporary productions may be, and the soundscapes comes across as warm sounding and organic to my ears.

As far as the music itself, the lead vocals of Soord makes certain comparisons undeniable for me. He's got a voice that in timbre and approach does have some clear similarities to Radiohead's Thom Yorke, up to and including a certain sad, mournful touch, and this aspect is dominant enough to give this entire album a slight late 90's Radiohead sheen. I might add that Soord has an excellent vocal control, and he rarely if ever have that desperate quality to his delivery that Yorke has. Yorke as a vocalist may come across as a guy that appears to be in the middle of a nervous breakdown, while Soord always sounds like he is in full control of events. So while there are similarities, especially in the songs or sequences that pairs off Soord's voice with a careful, fragile instrumental backdrop, they remain similarities of a more distant kind. Related you might say, rather than identical.

Whenever The Pineapple Thief hits a more hard edged stride, which is fairly often, the band comes across as rather more similar to the likes of Porcupine Tree. With pumping bass, driving rhythms and dark, compact guitar riffs with or without noticeable keyboard supplements, The Pineapple Thief is a band that could give Porcupine Tree a good run for the money indeed. Again it is a case of similar features and a similar approach in my opinion, related but far from identical.

Rather than exploring these two facets separately The Pineapple Thief tends to blend these two somewhat different sounding traits into a complete whole. Sometimes by pairing off these tendencies in calmer and harder edged sequences following each other, at other times by using certain aspects from both directions in a seamless whole. There are songs here that sounds more like one or the other, but the general and overall feel I get is a band that assembles aspects from both of these indie rock flavored aspects of progressive rock into a whole, and manage to do so in a manner that sounds natural and logical too I might add. Which indicates that The Pineapple Thief, rather than being a band that strives to incorporate influences from the aforementioned bands, is a band that share influences with both Radiohead and Porcupine Tree. And that it is due to this that they share certain similarities with both of these bands as far as sound and expression is concerned.

It all ads up to an enjoyable production of indie flavored progressive rock. The album as a whole comes across as on that should have a strong mainstream potential, but also a creation with enough ear candy and sophisticated features to be of interest to fans of progressive rock, and then in particular those fond of bands like Radiohead, Porcupine Tree as well as those with a general fascination for artists that approach progressive rock from an indie rock perspective.

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 The Dawn Raids (Part Two) by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.75 | 23 ratings

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The Dawn Raids (Part Two)
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars Here is part 2 of the 2-part E.P. series called "The Dawn Raids" which features unreleased or rare songs that were recorded during the "Tightly Unwound" sessions. Both of these E.P.s were limited releases of 2000 copies and were only available through online order. The first track is another version of "Tightly Wound" from the album, this time it is an acoustic version. It is also 1 minute shorter than the album version. Not a bad version, but it is missing the lushness of the version from part 1. It's funny how the acoustic version is almost more dark sounding and closer to the atmosphere of the version on the album. The synthesized strings do appear on the last half of the song for a short time but are cut short so the song misses the beautiful ending that was on Part 1. "Freefall" is a previously unreleased song from the album sessions. It is mellow throughout, but not a traditional verse, chorus song with some untraditional rhythm going on throughout. "Bitter Day" was written specifically for this E.P. This one starts out quietly and then explodes into a nice full band instrumental before going quiet again but retaining a fairly straightforward rhythm. It oscillates back and forth from full band to quiet passages. Very beautiful melody and interesting track. "Second Chance" was previously only available as a digital download on a separate EP. It starts out in a very underwhelming way, but builds nicely throughout, goes into a very instrumental passage where it sounds like a bowing guitar which gives a nice special effect to a beautiful crescendo and ending. Very very nice.

Again, these 2 E.P.s work very well together and are a worthwhile additions to a prog collection. Just like part 1, 4 star material.

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 The Dawn Raids (Part 1) by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.80 | 26 ratings

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Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars This is a first part to a 2 part E.P. series of unreleased tracks from the "Tightly Unwound" sessions. The first track is a smoother, softer version of the "Tightly Wound" track from the album and it is also edited down one minute shorter than the album track. The parts edited out are mostly instrumental repeats and may not be very noticeable that they are not there. "The West Coast" is a mostly acoustic song, very short and not much of a standout, on the 2nd half you get the nice Pineapple Thief harmonies and then it's over quickly. "February 13" is more of a full band piece at mid-tempo but as the song continues it gets a very tricky beat and a synthesized string section and cool guitar hooks. The tempo and atmosphere of the song is constantly changing, an excellent song that would have been a great standout track on the album. The rhythm/percussion track is very interesting and dynamic. It's almost worth the price of admission on it's own. "Too Far Gone" was previously available as a download only. It is a very dynamic song going from hard driving hooks to more quieter verses, but with a constant rhythm. For a short track, it has a lot going on and a great mix of vocals and instrumental passages. Another great song.

So you get three great songs and an OK song, not bad for an EP of outtakes. A great collectors item, but the music is high quality especially for outtakes. Even for an EP, it's an excellent addition to my collection and nice to play along with part 2 of the series.

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 Someone Here is Missing by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.59 | 194 ratings

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Review by Obsidian Pigeon

5 stars The Pineapple Thief is a band that manages to craft very well-written songs that stand both on their own and within the context of the album. While I enjoy albums that flow from start to finish and seem to have some cohesive theme, I always find that I do not have the time to listen to them, or that listening to them may be somewhat of a chore. With The Pineapple Thief, I manage to find the best of both worlds and can simply enjoy the songs one at a time, or the entire album should I choose to do so.

The music on the album, I think, is top-notch. Many of the songs have addicting melodies and instrumentation, even on the much shorter pieces. The longer, more progressive songs are also very well-written, and So We Row is most likely among their top larger pieces in their discography.

This is an album that I can listen to in just about any fashion or at nearly any time that I want to listen to music. As much as I do enjoy more cohesive albums united under some grand concept once in a while, I sometimes just want to listen to pieces of an album in a short amount of time, and The Pineapple Thief is perfect for that, and the music behind all of the songs on this album is some of the best alternative/progressive that I've heard.

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 Little Man by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.76 | 101 ratings

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Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Obsidian Pigeon

5 stars The Pineapple Thief managed to create a very emotional and well-written piece with this album. This is a very personal album for Bruce Soord, and the lyrics and the music have a very melancholic feel to them.

Highlights to this album include the opener, God Bless the Child, November, Boxing Day, Snowdrops, and We Love You. While some tracks are not as good as the aforementioned listed, the merit of these tracks alone help carry the album, and no track really drags or is poorly written.

With Little Man, The Pineapple Thief managed to craft an emotional, atmospheric, and beautiful album that displays excellent songwriting and captivating melodies.

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 Magnolia by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.72 | 64 ratings

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Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by arcane-beautiful

3 stars I won't lie. The Pineapple Thief aren't a band I have been really keeping an eye on. The only album I actually have of theirs is "Tightly Unwound"...and I thought it was alright. But, last year Bruce Soord (lead singer of the the band) collaborated with Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse to make "Wisdom Of Crowds," and impressive album packed with tunes, especially the amazing and beautifully arranged "Frozen North." Did Soord get lucky with "Wisdom Of Crowds"? Well...maybe. To be honest I think Soord knows the bands sound and doesn't want to straw too far away from it, allowing Wisdom Of Crowds to be his experimental side project.

Musically the band are very much stuck in the art rock stages of the 90s and always have been for their career. In many ways the band are pretty much a rip off of 90's band Mansun. But, if I was to describe the band, the perfect description would be the middle ground between Death Cab For Cutie & Porcupine Tree. One change that the band have done for this album is the loss of longer compositions (with the longest composition being just over 5 minutes). I am sad to see the loss of an epic on this album, because I think it's on longer compositions where this band really shine and show off their ability, but this album does show a slight focus on songwriting, so really there's good and bad moments throughout.

Bruce Soord is a pretty great vocalist and songwriter and the band do play the material with a good sense of musical knowledge. One of the problems I have with the band is that their material while impressively put together can lack a lot of cohesion. I really don't think any songs on this album will really stick with me. Not that the songs are bad or anything, just my own personal tastes maybe. I do really like the album cover though.

Album opener "Simple As That" is a pretty great way to start off. With a lot of interesting changes throughout and some pretty cool riffs, the song really opens up the album well introducing the bands sound.

One of my personal favorite tracks on the album would have to be "Breathe." One of the more rockier songs on the album, the song is really pushed forward with a pretty great chorus.

"Sense Of Fear" starts off becoming almost like an epic track for the band with a pretty tense intro. The song builds up and kind of ends which is a bit of a shame because this could have been a rather interesting track.

An interesting track on the album would be "A Loneliness." Starting off very slow and quiet the song then soon explodes with some interesting crescendos. A beautiful vocal performance from Bruce as well.

Album closer "Bond" is a pretty great ender to the album. Having some brilliant climatic moments and having a great trumpet solo, the song ends the album off on a good light.

Overall, this album is pretty good. I won't lie, The Pineapple Thief aren't 100% my thing but I did enjoy this album. It is business as usual for the band, but Soord is a good songwriter and there are some nice moments on it. I have heard a lot of bands who sound like this, but when your songs are pretty good, I won't throw too much metaphorical faeces on you.

6.8/10

Genres: Progressive Rock, New Prog, Art Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

Country of origin: England

Year of release: 2014

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 All The Wars by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.66 | 119 ratings

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Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is the first PINEAPPLE THIEF album that left me unimpressed after my first listen, and I do own all of their studio albums save for "10 Stories Down"(but I do have "12 Stories Down") and yes i've been a big fan for a long time now. In fact the opening track is one I still can't get into. Maybe it's because they've taken a turn into more of a MUSE territory. For some reason i've always loved that sameness they've always had about their music with the lack of dynamics. Still, I can see this album being popular with music fans in general.

"Burning Pieces" for whatever reason bugs me when it kicks into that heavy sound. Now i'm sure it would be cool hearing this in concert but I still get annoyed with it. "Warm Seas" is better as once again we get those contrasts of heavy and mellow but it just works better here for me. Great tune. "Last Man Standing" sounds so good early on reminding me of PT with the atmosphere and lyrics. It kicks in before 2 minutes as contrasts continue. Classic PINEAPPLE THIEF right here and a top three track. "All The Wars" is a mellow tune with strummed guitar and melancholic vocals. Good tune. "Build A Word" opens with orchestration and piano before this catchy beat kicks in with vocals. I did tire of it quickly though.

"Give It Back" is quite powerful as it kicks in hard before a minute. It settles some when the vocals arrive. A good rockin' tune. "Someone Pull Me Out" is laid back with reserved vocals. Sad is the word. It gets fuller with orchestration on the beautiful chorus. A top three tune for me and it reminds me of their older sound other than the orchestration. "One More Step Away" is mellow with drums, picked guitar and vocals. I like this one. "Reaching Out" is my favourite. Great intro with guitar as it builds. This is a ride as it goes on for almost 10 minutes. Vocals before a minute then orchestration as we get that classic mood and emotion from Bruce and the boys. I like the bass when it settles back as the vocals stop. Great section. Just a killer track !

I'm not big on orchestration which is fairly prominant on this album yet it is tastefully done. But it's more the bombastc parts that for some reason don't work for me. Lots to like here but not enough to offer up that fourth star. Not a fan of the cover art either. My favourites from this band coninue to be "Someone Here Is Missing" and "Little Man".

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 Tightly Unwound by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.61 | 152 ratings

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Tightly Unwound
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars Maybe the sound of The Pineapple Thief has arrived to a point of repeating themselves in certain musical notes, or style of singing or compositions; however, I can't deny that, no matter what song from what album I'm listening to, they are all very well written and produced, and beautifully arranged as to suit everyone's ears. With Tightly Unwound, Pineapple Thief continues with their traditions of using acoustic guitars, good samplers, and nice music arrangements that include keyboard orchestration and the style of singing plus the lyrics, have a particular landmark that has become a seal for the band. My favorite tracks are definitely the melancholic "Different World", the hypnotic and psychedelic epic "Too Much To Lose", the melodic "My Debt To You" and the powerful "Shoot First", but all the album is completely recommended and enjoyable.

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 All The Wars by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.66 | 119 ratings

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All The Wars
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars The Pineapple Thief has managed to maintain an excellent level of production and composition in their music since VARIATIONS ON A DREAM. All The Wars is the last album they have worked on and it is really excellent in quality and, as I said above, composition. The musical arrangements are outstanding, the use of orchestration in songs like "All the Wars" or the use of the Prague choir in "Reaching Out". This album along with the bonus CD are really amazing and they should be considered a must for every fan of progressive music or fan of music. I have shown this album to many experts in other types of music and they acknowledge the good level The Pineapple Thief has. Even though, Bruce Soord is compared to Corgan, I would say, they are a way different one from the other! Lovely album!

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 Variations On A Dream by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.19 | 102 ratings

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Variations On A Dream
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars This album is the one that marked or define Pineapple Thief's style. Even though the style didn't vary much from the first two albums, Variations on a Dream is more serious, better developed, more conscious, deeper in feelings. If Pineapple Thief is in the archives, it is because their style surpasses any pop or alternative sound (compared to the Smashing Pumpkins at times). Variations on a Dream is a conceptual album and the production is excellent in both albums (the original and the remix, by the way, I have both). If you are looking for a heavier complex sound, I think there are many bands in this page that should not be here, but if the experts consider Pineapple Thief, a progressive band, I do too. I love the album, and from this album and on, The Pineapple Thief have created intelligent emotional music.

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