The Pineapple Thief
Someone Here Is Missing


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rob Heald USER (6 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2010 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like Anathema’s latest, Soord and company have infused this new album with an exuberant energy. With the combination of this new energy and the pieces they’ve built over their careers, the members of The Pineapple Thief have written their best album

The Pineapple Thief is-

Bruce Soord- Guitars/Vocals
Steve Kitch- Keyboards/Synths
Jon Sykes- Bass
Keith Harrison- Drums

Part of the reason why Anathema’s album “We’re Here Because We’re Here” is so good is that it introduces things they have never done before, while still improving on their trademark sound. Quite similarly, ‘Someone Here is Missing’ introduces us to some new tricks up The Pineapple Thief's sleeve while strengthening their foundation. They’ve produced several albums that built their repertoire of sound- at times ranging from Radiohead to Muse to Porcupine Tree. Obviously, they’re all great bands to build a sound around, yet their last effort, “Tightly Unwound”, was stagnant and without purpose. They seemed comfortable with the state of things, and while it’s an pleasant album to listen to, it doesn’t inspire any sort of excitement. Like Anathema’s latest, Soord and company have infused this new album with an exuberant energy. With the combination of this new energy and the pieces they’ve built over their careers, the members of The Pineapple Thief have written their best album yet.

I picked up the download off of iTunes and expected an album similar to their recent few, but was immediately hit over the head with ‘Nothing At Best’. Instead of mellotrons and Radiohead-esque toned keyboards, ‘Nothing At Best’ sports dizzying arpeggiated synths and aggressively distorted guitars. The song moves forward at a much faster pace than anything I’ve ever heard from them before, and perfectly demonstrates why this album is more successful. It’s far more interesting, and actively pulls in the listener. Once the quickened pace is established, a slow or quiet part is a welcomed change of pace. Rather than having to fight off being bogged down, the band can relish in the slower moments before diving headfirst back into the fracas. Diversity in music is a necessity, and The Pineapple Thief’s addition of faster tempi, quick synth lines, and harder edged guitar parts provide the tools to round out their toolbox.

Soord maintains his characteristic vocal delivery, with a slow syllabic meter and lengthy notes. While I don’t think he’s necessarily grown in his vocal style, the energy behind him does well to enhance the melody. Even in the album’s slowest song, ‘Barely Breathing’, the layers of instruments behind him help to make the whole experience far more interesting. In ‘Show A Little Love’, he incorporates little tricks into the guitar part to back up the vocals that help to show how much more involved each instrument sounds in the creation of the whole song.

They still miss some cool opportunities, like the end of ‘3000 Days’. They hit the end of that song hard, but it lacks the kind of riff that seals the deal on those kinds of endings. I kept thinking it was about to launch into it, but it never did. I’m willing to cough that up to my own personal tastes, but it at least demonstrates where they can still grow.

This is a huge step for The Pineapple Thief, and forces them back into relevancy. While it’s clear they have learned a lot from bands like Radiohead and Porcupine Tree, it isn’t nearly as easy to pick out directly-inspired moments. It’s a much more organic album, and is a fun and exciting listen. Every bit of their sound has been improved, and I’m really excited to see where they’ll go from here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
East Hastings
August 3rd 2010


4391 Comments


some new tricks up The Pineapple Thiefs’
The Pineapple Thief's
faster tempi, quick synth lines,,
quick synth lines,
just some small tidbits, your review is decent

MorningView425
August 3rd 2010


162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

appreciated...i hate those small little errors. fixed

Jethro42
August 3rd 2010


12478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want this.
I disagree with you about Tightly Unwound.
Its two last songs 'So Say All of you' and 'Too Much to Lose' are epic.
Very good review maing, have a pos.

pizzamachine
August 3rd 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nifty album.

AnotherBrick
August 3rd 2010


9771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dont really like how you keep making comparisons (first paragraph and summary) to Anathema. Besides Sputnik not that many people know much about them so instead of talking about and comparing to another band just strictly talk about the album and the band. I'm not trying to sound like a dick either, but after reading the summary and the first line i didnt want to read anymore

MorningView425
August 3rd 2010


162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely a good point, but the comparisons end after the first paragraph. i definitely appreciate the comment, especially from the guy who told me about the mayan factor.

vanderb0b
August 4th 2010


3473 Comments


Nice to have someone review this. Good job.

crazyblinddude
August 4th 2010


3389 Comments


^ ditto

been meaning to check this one out. nice review.

Zip
August 4th 2010


5312 Comments


Why did you add a duplicate to the database...

coneren
August 4th 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh god, do I ever want this

crazyblinddude
August 4th 2010


3389 Comments


Don't worry. I told the meds, they'll fix it up.

MorningView425
August 4th 2010


162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i have no idea what i did to add a duplicate in there, thanks for the fix. i've been listening to this non stop for about a week now, i'm definitely hooked.

coneren
August 5th 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh my god, this is awesome

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2010


7026 Comments


I'll listen to the opener and decide if I want to get this.

DoubtGin
August 11th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

opener is my favourite song so yay

Jethro42
August 11th 2010


12478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After only one spin, I think I might bump this up to a 4.5 sometime soon.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2010


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Whoa. After two spins my conclusion is that this album is amazing. 4.5 for now.

Edit: The review quite unnecessarily verges on the allaged similarities between this band and other mor popular artists. Don't be fooled they have the sound of their own. Totally original.

Digging: Dope Body - Lifer

Dreamz
August 23rd 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Essential stuff! Sure, it has Muse, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and Porcupine Tree elements. But there are much worse bands to be compared to. And besides all of this, the band definitely has an own style.

Jethro42
August 23rd 2010


12478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Josh, try 'Preparation for Meltdown' and 'So we Row'.

Jethro42
August 23rd 2010


12478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tout le plaisir est pour moi.
It's my pleasure.



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