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PINEAPPLE THIEF

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

3.47 | 52 ratings
Abducting The Unicorn
1999
3.22 | 51 ratings
137
2002
3.18 | 96 ratings
Variations On A Dream
2003
2.29 | 26 ratings
12 Stories Down
2005
3.33 | 55 ratings
10 Stories Down
2005
3.70 | 96 ratings
Little Man
2006
3.75 | 151 ratings
What We Have Sown
2007
3.62 | 145 ratings
Tightly Unwound
2008
3.54 | 182 ratings
Someone Here is Missing
2010
3.65 | 112 ratings
All The Wars
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Magnolia
2014

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

3.67 | 3 ratings
Live 2003
2003
3.50 | 11 ratings
Someone Here Is Live
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The 013
2013

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

3.96 | 44 ratings
3000 Days
2009
0.00 | 0 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
3.82 | 8 ratings
4 Stories Down
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Limited Edition Free CD
2006
4.09 | 11 ratings
Shoot first
2008
3.71 | 24 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part 1)
2009
3.60 | 20 ratings
The Dawn Raids (Part Two)
2009
3.69 | 16 ratings
Show A Little Love
2010
4.17 | 12 ratings
Build A World
2013

PINEAPPLE THIEF Reviews


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 All The Wars by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.65 | 112 ratings

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All The Wars
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
3.62 | 145 ratings

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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
3.65 | 112 ratings

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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
3.18 | 96 ratings

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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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 All The Wars by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.65 | 112 ratings

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Review by buddyblueyes

3 stars Pineapple Thief is something your non-proggy friends could absorb whilst playing Cards Against Humanity and not feel like a deer caught in headlights. There are enough pop hooks and secular references to keep the music community at large interested -- yet it could also be the catalyst for the masses to investigate more crossover prog titles. Once again, you'll have the confidence to breech your party with sonic flagellations without fear of them throwing their Hot Pockets at you in musical disgust. It's even plausible that you may make new friends when you play Airbag, Amplifier or Von Hertzen Brothers immediately following.

Pineapple Thief's sound is not a shot served straight. It's as if a cosmic bartender muddled together the music of Travis, Porcupine Tree and Radiohead, then garnished with a twist of Billy Corgan. Seriously? listen to "Build A World." Is that Billy Corgan singing under a pseudonym? ?Is it prog? It'll be up to the listener to decide. It's definitely modern -- well produced and recorded, gladly taking part in the overly compressed, sonic loudness wars. The strings and the vocal phrasing is very Travis inspired music, drawing vocal comparisons to Fran Healy at certain intervals. There are even parallels in the lyrical content. It's a solid 4 star album for mainstream music, one star less for attempting the progressive genre.

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 What We Have Sown by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.75 | 151 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars Pineapple Thief comes in that 'new wave' of Progressive Rock that is not Progressive Rock if you know what I mean. I am not really talking about the 70's kind of Prog. I'm talking about not being an Alternative Rock band with lots of Ambient music and many 'plims and ploims' electronic kind of thing. If you like, that's fine for me, but I just can't like it and I'll not force myself into it anymore.

In What We Have Sown (2007) I couldn't find anything special. I couldn't find any memorable song or even daring.

There's a phrase that stuck on my mind while listening, and that's what I have to offer about this album: "Just a cover from Radiohead recorded 10 years after the original".

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 137 by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.22 | 51 ratings

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137
Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 'Abducting The Unicorn' was received so well that Bruce Soord decided to record another album by his side-project (he is of course a main member of Vulgar Unicorn), and I for one am very glad that he did. There has been a large use of classic keyboards, and this has added to the ambience but this is very much an album that uses influences from the Nineties as opposed to the Seventies. While there are elements from Porcupine Tree and Radiohead, there are also more commercial touches. Imagine if you will a song that takes elements from the above two bands and puts it together with Manic Street Preachers, and you may get some idea of what "Incubate" is like. The song is only 3 minutes long, get this released as a single, it's great!!

While very much a grower this album also has immediate appeal, and when the band brings Hendrix-style guitar together with Thom Yorke influences on "Doppler" the result is a song that will have many prog fans baying for more. As in Bruce's work with VU this is an album that brings together many different styles in a way that is cognisant of them but also very much in an area of their own.The debut album may have made 137 in the DPRP Chart of 2000 but I am sure that this one will finish far higher.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

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 Variations On A Dream by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.18 | 96 ratings

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Review by sinslice

4 stars I guess the low scores for this album should be motivated by the repetitive melodies, something that may bother some people, from the progressive point of view. And in some parts sounds dangerously alternative, as in Sooner or Later. The epic Remember Us is the highlight, which closes the album with good acoustic and electric passages. It is different from the classical epic, but definitely progressive. One of the best songs of the group. Part Zero, The Bitter Pill and instrumental Resident Alien, are other highlights. And Vapour Trails is also acceptable. Not talking about elaborate music that wows, but has a particular style that you can enjoy.

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 137 by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.22 | 51 ratings

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137
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Review by Headlong

3 stars I love this band and have been following them since 2004. As a live act they have perfected their sound and on record they have progressed to the point where I hold them in the same esteem as Marillion and Porcupine Tree. This review is of the remastered reissue of 137, the second album from the band. The first thing any long time fan will notice is that the clarity of the production has been enhanced greatly and this improves the album. If you know Bruce Soord's work then this will hold no surprises as it is full of his trademark melodies and soft vocals. It does show it's age as if you have listened to later releases such as All The Wars or Tightly Unwound you can see how song structure and lyrics have improved. Also this album is a lot lighter musically than the last three albums and certainly more up beat than most of what comes after it. This said, if you are a fan of the band and don't already have the Cyclops edition then this is an essential purchase. For everyone else, if you like Alt - Rock such as Radiohead then this will interest you but you may want to get some of the later albums first.

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 Abducting The Unicorn  by PINEAPPLE THIEF album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.47 | 52 ratings

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Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Stealing fruit? Hmmmm, major crime, iznit? Well this Vulgar Unicorn offshoot (a stunning yet unrecognized prog pioneer) certainly goes beyond the customary on this, their debut offering. Funny about the U2 comparisons (though well merited), the Irish pop/punk band never mastered the 10 minute + tracks, so here we have 2 epics that clock in at 11.48 and 18.27! The first one starts off the album, a bold and intense ride , properly fueled by some pulsating Mark Harris' bass that booms along brilliantly, lilting drums and directed by some jaded vocals obviously straight out of the Radiohead/the Cure/Smashing Pumpkins (fruit vs vegetables!) scenario. Multi-instrumentalist Nick Lang does a superb job on assorted keys and drums, keeping atmospheres vivid and punchy. The guitar phrasings are shimmering, trembling, effect-laden and mostly rhythmic (Bruce Soord is not a classic lead solo guitarist by any stretch, preferring to choose his spots) which gives this such originality, like a "Private Paradise"! The layered guitar work remains the prime focus here, Soord very obviously influenced by the legendary Phil Manzanera (willfully or not) and it reflects in his playing and in the multiple textures used.

As expressed by a bevy of seasoned reviewers, there are two facets to Pineapple Thief, a proggy epic style that is wholly exhilarating and a poppier/alternative style that is perhaps less sonically enthralling but full of edge (U2 pun!) and bravado by infusing some psychedelic flavorings. Frankly, both tendencies are most interesting in their absolute originality. Between the 2 massive epics there are 6 outright songs like that follow this brighter, sweeter formula, each tune different, adorned with multi-hued little glares of beaming light and acute interest in tweaking the listener's ear. Slick and adventurous like the electro-synth intro of "No One Leaves this Earth", which nods towards parent band Vulgar Unicorn, loaded up with ingenious effects , whispering words and anomalous sounds. When the twangy lead guitar kicks in, the Manzanera effect becomes noticeable, screwing the notes tighter and tighter into a 6 string vise! "Punish Yourself" is a masochist anthem that has some metal garbage can beats that are quite appealing, this is nevertheless very dark and brooding, not something I can really get off on! The structurally quixotic "Everyone Must Perish" selects glittering synths to create the initial melody (and quite compellingly), a hypnotic assemblage of effects that swerve, float and occasionally vanish only to reappear suddenly, again very far from your readily available commercial pop but still weird. Even on a more up-tempo ditty like "Judge the Girl" , both the guitar and the bass remain simply stunning even though I care little for the wonky vocal. This where the truth finally arrives, clear and concise: I love the music, the style and the originality but these whining vocal stylistics are not my preference (which explains why I have no Radiohead and Pumpkin records in my huge collection). My loss I guess! The mesmerizing "Parted Forever" is definitely the highlight reel track here, a glittering prize (as the Simple Minds would put it) of ozonated sound and spectral effects where the synths and e-guitar are simply fabulous. Because of the wide berth given to explore various sonic realms, Soord really gets to stretch out comfortably in a variety of directions, using his axe as a tonal directory of exalted soloing and having loads of fun in the process, nothing ever feeling forced or contrived. One of my favorite tracks ever!

In my opinion, this aspect of Pineapple Thief is really the most alluring reason why a progfan should investigate further. I must say that "Variations" was a strange disappointment to me, still cannot figure out why I just cannot click with it, outside of the final 16 minute "Remember Us" !

This has 4 horned kidnappers in my book.

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