The Pineapple Thief
All the Wars


3.5
great

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
September 7th, 2012 | 106 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While not nearly as cutting-edge as its predecessor, All The Wars still provides a remarkably alluring collection of alt-rock songs.

The new album of The Pineapple Thief has rightfully ranked among the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year thus far. Bruce Soord-fronted band had been struggling to develop their own distinctive style in the realm of progressive rock for over ten years until they suddenly started gaining momentum with the release of 2010's Someone Here Is Missing. The disc upgraded the act's often overly derivative style with a new, reinvigorating musical direction introducing plenty of ferocious heavy rock ingredients and a healthy dose of electronica into their flamboyant presentation. Therefore, it's hardly surprising that the foursome's new endeavour sustains these stylistic shifts. Treading the same path as its esteemed predecessor, All The Wars largely ditches the progressive inclinations to compose complex epics in favour of a much more streamlined as well as direct approach to songwriting that has plenty in common with alternative rock.

Even though the effort to expand the sonic palette by means of elaborate string section couldn't be more commendable, impeccably produced All The Wars too often embodies the style-over-substance notion chiefly because the song craft pales in comparison with amazing Someone Here Is Missing. However, even a less cutting-edge material of The Pineapple Thief tends to be truly engrossing and thus surpasses the vast majority of alternative rock artists working today. “Burning Pieces” serves as an ideal heavy rock opener with its zippy guitar riffs, corpulent bass lines, precise drum fills and wonderful vocal harmonies, while “Last Man Standing” makes great use of dynamics seamlessly merging splendid mellow passages with a perfectly executed interplay between boisterous riffing and exquisitely arranged strings. In addition, deliriously sombre hard rock of “Build A World” corresponds to the album's prevailing theme of conflict exceptionally well.

On the other hand, All The Wars has its fair share of misfires. “Warm Seas” stumbles due to Soord who tries to mimic Matthew Bellamy's vocal mannerism way too hard, whereas grandiose “Give It Back” would probably be the best cut on the entire album if it weren't for its blatantly repetitive lyrics. The track also reveals that the vocals are frequently lacking in variation often settling in Thom Yorke-inspired, dreamy safety zone. This approach to singing certainly works wonders in such captivating ballads as the title track and “One More Step Away,” yet hard-edged songs would certainly benefit from more diversity, not to mention aggression or verve.

All things considered, All The Wars finds The Pineapple Thief embracing their refined brand of alternative rock even further. Although the record fails to fully realize the enormous potential of the quartet, the songs are still ingeniously crafted and sufficiently dynamic to make a lasting impression on their ardent fans, if not on anyone else.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


3449 Comments


Good review as always man. I may check this one out but judging by the review I should probably check out Someone Here Is Missing first.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. Someone Here Is Missing is much better. This almost feels like a B-side album to that one.

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Lenix
September 7th 2012


793 Comments


where do i find this band's music?

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here's the stream:

http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/exclusive-music-the-pineapple-thiefs-new-album-all-the-wars/

Lenix
September 7th 2012


793 Comments


thanks man

Willie
Moderator
September 7th 2012


15969 Comments


We got the promo for this a few weeks back and it seemed pretty cool from the few moments I checked out. The vocals were a little rough, though.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of their previous record which ended up in my top5 for 2010 and I had really high expectations for this. Probably the review would be more positive if it was my first contact with the band.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2012


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

last time I listened was back on Tightly Unwound which was pretty average, sounds like I got some catching up to do tho

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is better than Tightly Unwound. They've basically turned their style upside down since that record.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2012


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ye just been listening. They seem more competent now with the new style. Loved 'Give It Back' really
nice vibe on that. Overall 3.5 rating looks about right after a first listen. pos'd neway

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Give It Back is pretty sick! You need to check out their previous LP too.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2012


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for sure

Jethro42
September 7th 2012


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I'm giving to it a first spin atm.

omnipanzer
September 7th 2012


21448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The new one is out?


Jethro42
September 7th 2012


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Physically? I'm not sure.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2012


7387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Daniel:
Cool. Let me know what you think.

@omnipanzer:
Affirmative. It's out physically too.


Jethro42
September 7th 2012


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I sure will do, Greg.

zxlkho
September 7th 2012


3463 Comments


Pretty damn solid album. I still think Tightly Unwound is their best though.

NoiseHead2
September 7th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent as always, love the sound and the catchy riffs, more simple apparently but full of good taste.

CaptainDooRight
September 7th 2012


29130 Comments


sweet rev, pos

just jammed last man standing, pre chill

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