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Founded in Yeovil, Somerset, UK in 1999

Bruce SOORD 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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3.39 | 78 ratings
Abducting The Unicorn [Aka: Abducted At Birth]
1999
3.26 | 83 ratings
137 [Aka: One Three Seven]
2002
3.24 | 147 ratings
Variations On A Dream
2003
2.43 | 51 ratings
12 Stories Down
2004
3.29 | 99 ratings
10 Stories Down
2005
3.76 | 157 ratings
Little Man
2006
3.86 | 228 ratings
What We Have Sown
2007
3.64 | 206 ratings
Tightly Unwound
2008
3.53 | 258 ratings
Someone Here Is Missing
2010
3.63 | 174 ratings
All The Wars
2012
3.61 | 163 ratings
Magnolia
2014
3.92 | 262 ratings
Your Wilderness
2016
3.96 | 218 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
3.75 | 25 ratings
Where We Stood
2017
3.60 | 5 ratings
Hold Our Fire
2019

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

3.95 | 50 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

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF Reviews


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 Magnolia by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.61 | 163 ratings

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Magnolia
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Magnolia was the first album from The Pineapple Thief that I heard!

And I'm still having troubles with it. It's a diverse in style, sometimes talented, sometimes mediocre record with no really prog structures and with an undefined style which makes the album rather inconsequential in my opinion.

The musicians make a good job, specially Bruce Soord on guitars, but there are no really big surprises. Some tracks are reminiscent to Porcupine Tree, others to Radiohead, and other just to British pop/rock. Fine, but not really special.

Best Tracks: Alone at Sea (interesting guitars), The One You Left to Die (a song which introduces the style of their last two and superior albums)

Conclusion: being not really prog, Magnolia is a fine produced and good played album with no stylistic and compositive surprises.

But despite this lack of true personality, it deserves some attention and you will not regret the time that you'll dedicate it.

My rating: ***

 Someone Here Is Missing by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.53 | 258 ratings

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Someone Here Is Missing
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars With The Pineapple Thief's 2010 release 'Someone Here is Missing', we come to their 8th studio release, and with some great albums and some mediocre albums under their belt, one is never quite sure where any one album is going to land until you listen to it. The band has never really been 100% progressive, though they have had some excellent forays into the genre, and their style of alternative art rock is quite intriguing at times. Many people have compared the band to 'Porcupine Tree' or 'Radiohead', however, even though for me they remind me more of the latter band, mostly in vocals than anything else, they do have a sound of their own, and it is always a step or two ahead of your typical alternative rock.

It's also interesting to note that most of their average ratings on ProgArchives come out around 4 stars. There is a reason for that. You have half of the reviewers claiming they are mediocre band, and others who are rabid fans that feel that their music is quite excellent. I tend to land right in the middle of those two extremes in that, for the most part, I like their sound, but there are times when I feel like it is just okay, and would rather listen to something else. I do have my favorites by them, like 'Variation on an Dream' and 'Tightly Unwound', but others I have a hard time sitting through because they are just not unique or challenging enough.

'Someone Here is Missing' is one of those that is nice to listen to once in a while, but not when I am in a progressive mood. That is the main problem I have with it. The album cover hints at a progressive album as the cover art is done by Storm Thorgerson, the same person that did the cover art for Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon', but other than that, it seems this is about the only tie to progressive music on this album. Other than that, the album is full of nice, melodic and pleasant tracks. Bruce Soord's at his best in producing his Thom Yorke style vocals, but in a more accessible way. The music, for the most part, is more in the band's average music, interesting and pleasant, but nothing outstanding.

Now, there are a few really great tracks here, and they are the longer ones. For example, 'Preparation for Meltdown' is a great mix of electronics and heavy guitar riffs, and it ends up sounding more like the Porcupine Tree side of the band. The 'average' sound of the first 3 tracks on the album get lifted to another level by this track, as you reach a new level of dynamic usage as the band stays out of the trap of repetitiveness and explores some more experimental and heavy sound. This one goes down as one of their best. If only the band could consistently put out music as great as this, I think their ratings would be higher and more consistent.

The problem is, that after a great track like 'Preparation for Meltdown', the music returns to that more 'average' sound. It sounds good, but doesn't elevate things to the next level. 'Barely Breathing' is a nice acoustic driven melody, and quite lovely with expressive vocals, but can be easily forgotten after. The album starts to sag again at this point, returning to the more electronic-based sound of a poor-man's Radiohead with the challenge taken out. Things don't get stellar again until '3000 Days' and the psychedelic sounding 'So We Row'. The best tracks are the 3 longer ones, proving that the band does best when they are allowed to expand their songs and are not locked in the time constraints of the 3-4 minute tracks.

The album is good, but not great, except for those 3 tracks mentioned and as far as progressive music is concerned. It is enjoyable, it just tends to sag in a few places wehre things just aren't that interesting. Fortunately, the thing that saves the album are the 3 longer tracks, and so when the album is playing, I end up playing it in its entirety. But they do have better albums. This one ends up being more average than excellent.

 10 Stories Down by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.29 | 99 ratings

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10 Stories Down
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by fabien

4 stars With this album, The PT sounds more authentic, as it was already the case with Variations, but i find this one even better, more energetic, the release was confusing beacause there was 2 different album plus an EP and it's a shame cause material on every discs was good, they could have actually released a doucle album with this different stories down, startind with ground floor from the EP, the songs that have been pu aside on 10 stories down like slip away, take our hands which are 2 atmospheric good songs, the world turn grey, a beautiful mid tempo song with nice backing vocals by a female guest, the catchy Will you be There and Catch the Jumping fool plus th eshort version of Light up your eyes... Then we have 10 stories down with a great starter Prey for me , I particularly like Start your Descent, another highlight is the world I always dreamed of with nice arrangement and a beautiful ending, but I used to find the song boring a while ago. From where you're standing is weakest song, not a bad rock song though, Another favorite of mine is Wretching soul and the Light up your Eyes (part 1) I'm still not satisfied with the order of the songs on 10 stories, I've done my own including songs from 12 storis on you tube^^ A last word on 8 days later : it's clearly stronger than 8 days from Variations and has some good songs, my favorite tracks are track 2, 5 and 8. 4/5
 Variations On A Dream by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.24 | 147 ratings

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Variations On A Dream
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Review by fabien

4 stars It's getting better, album after album, the PT is like a good wine, getting better with age, they sound more authentic. Again it's not equal, some average songs among very good songs which are Remember us, We Subside, The Bitter Pill, Vapour Trails, Part Zero, while run me through is the weakest song. Bruce Soord singing is much more inspired on this album. 8 days : some parts are interesting like the first half of Friday, or Monday which is probably the best song here and somehow reminds me of Doppler, Tuesday reminds me parts of what have we sown, or Sunday the last one which starts like Beethoven Moonlight Sonata and ends like a Snowdrops embryo, but it's mostly, apart from these songs, very average music
 Abducting The Unicorn [Aka: Abducted At Birth] by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.39 | 78 ratings

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

Review by fabien

3 stars Here is my first PT review, so I start with their first album...A solid rock album, Bruce Soord's music influences are quite clear, from Porcupine Tree, The Smashing Pumpkins to Radiohead, but his style is not defined on this opus. Good soloing on this album, nothing I dsilike but his voice sounds too much like Billy Corgan's, good exploration work on a few songs like Private Paradise and Parted forver or on the first intrumental No One leaves the Earth, good psychedelic vibes on Whatever you do, no real weak songs except maybe Punish Yourself which sounds like a Smashing Pumpkins copy paste. My favorite songs : Parted Forever, good ideas, but could have been better exploited, Private Paradise, No One Leave this Earth
 Dissolution by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.96 | 218 ratings

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Dissolution
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by Kashgar

4 stars I've struggled to really get into much of The Pineapple Thief's catalogue over the years. Bruce Soord's vocals have always been touchingly wistful, but I felt the songwriting failed to offer big surprises that could drive the songs to another level and prevent their albums becoming a little predictable. I think Dissolution really solves this issue. Some of that might be down to the addition of Gavin Harrison on drums. While present for the previous release (Your Wilderness) he reportedly played a bigger role in the songwriting process on this album, perhaps most clearly in the standout track - White Mist - which is IMO a modern prog classic. The album as a whole does a wonderful job of charting a consistent lyrical line around (post)modern alienation in a world of cyber-bullying, anonymous attacks and political decay. Bruce's singing is consistently excellent, creating a menace with his delightfully lightly pitched tone. The band is wonderful, and Harrison's work is jaw-dropping in its attention to detail. Fabulous album!
 Tightly Unwound by PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.64 | 206 ratings

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Tightly Unwound
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

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
3.96 | 218 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
3.24 | 147 ratings

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Variations On A Dream
The Pineapple Thief Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

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
3.53 | 258 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.
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