The Pineapple Thief
Tightly Unwound


3.5
great

Review

by LiquidVelvet USER (18 Reviews)
December 24th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Pineapple Thief steal sounds from everyone else and weave them together into a brilliant, gorgeous, and powerful album.

The Pineapple Thief. What does that name make you think of" It's generally a combination of memories of this year's film "Pineapple Express" and the idea of a whimsical, silly, unserious musical affair.

Interestingly, despite the name, this is a serious, gorgeous, and progressive piece of music. Although not a significantly original group, The Pineapple Thief have managed to successfully combine the instrumentations and lyrics of Porcupine Tree, the vocals of Radiohead, and the mood of Brand New to great effect. "Tightly Unwound" is an album that is beautiful, heavy, and cohesive all at once. It feels like a concept album in every respect except for the actual concept. It has excellent flow and, although highly derivative, excellent songwriting to boot.

The album opens with the ballad "My Debt To You," and gives you a great taste of what's to come. It starts out soft, and builds just enough to bring in some heavy acoustic strumming and beautiful harmonies, with the lyrics

Here's my debt to you
I wanted to say I breathe for you
But you are a world away, a world away...


Of course, placing a song this powerful at the beginning of an album creates immense expectations for the rest of the record. Sadly, it never quite lives of to the very high standard set by "My Debt To You," however the album does still manage to leave a large impression on the listener. The second track, "Shoot First" (the album's single) opens with some faster acoustic strumming and then moves into some heavier guitars, reminiscent of early Radiohead or "Lightbulb Sun"-era Porcupine Tree. It then shifts into the melodic verse, and then a somewhat-catchy and emotional chorus follows. While it's a very effective song, the band continues to use this structure on the next four songs, and it begins to feel a bit recycled.

However, seven songs in, the album picks back up again, with the ten-minute centerpiece "Different World." After the extended intro, we reach a very cheesy melody that will, again, make you wonder if this is another one of Steven Wilson's side projects. However, the song maintains a beautiful melody and top-notch vocals throughout, and reminds the listener that this is still a creative and solid album.

After that comes the track "And So Say All Of You," which is (like much of the record) very similar to "Shoot First." Taking a softer approach to this same formula, it segues well into the 15 minute finale, "Too Much To Lose."

This song is one very, very long build up, and is certainly some of the most original work by the group. After the main verse/chorus section, the track branches out into a large instrumental. Right at it's peak, about 9 minutes in, it brings everything back down to an ambient murmur, and then, almost at the end, the chorus returns out of nowhere. It builds back up, and explodes with distorted guitars and sweeping strings, leaving the listener with a true feeling of satisfaction.

Although rather redundant, and very derivative, "Tightly Unwound" provides a satisfying listen and proves to be, although flawed, a very strong record.



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LiquidVelvet
December 24th 2008


630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ugh, I just realized how bloody redundant this review is.

Oh well.

lauriej
March 7th 2009


1713 Comments


Nah man i appreciate you writing this! I like these guys

Muikuli
June 16th 2009


194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely very good album. I agree with the review in most parts. I think the two first songs are so good, it makes the couple of next one's suffer a bit.



But it starts well and ends well so definitely worth 3.5 stars.

LiquidVelvet
July 9th 2009


630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My Debt To You is my fav. Shoot First and Too Much To Lose are also godly

bungy
November 30th 2009


8998 Comments


What liquid said in addition to The Sorry State

mysticrecords
December 22nd 2009


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

porcupine tree obviously have this genre under their thumbs in the UK, but its good to see someone else coming out with beautiful, melodic and progressive music. there is not enough of it out there. great record

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
January 29th 2010


6385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review for an awesome album. Pos'd

Jethro42
May 6th 2010


15642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just bumped this up by half a star. Album is great at the least. Last 2 songs fit pretty well together and are the highlights.

AnotherBrick
May 6th 2010


9794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what bungy said

Jethro42
May 6th 2010


15642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And what I said.

Mad.
December 20th 2012


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"we reach a very cheesy melody that will, again, make you wonder if this is another one of Steven Wilson's side projects."



Just gonna say that Bruce Soord out of The Pineapple Thief operated at the same time as Porcupine Tree and had no awareness of them, so you can't say this is any less original than Steven Wilson's stuff...

ChoccyPhilly
July 2nd 2014


11796 Comments


No I don't wanna huuuuuuurt you

Mad.
July 2nd 2014


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So what you think about that?

ChoccyPhilly
July 2nd 2014


11796 Comments


*whispers* So what do you think about that?

Mad.
July 4th 2014


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Come ooooonnnnn

You littllllleeee

Fighterrrrrrrrr



+that solo

LightbulbSun70
September 14th 2014


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just brilliant.

Mad.
September 15th 2014


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tis definitely somewhat underrated

benkim
November 26th 2015


3381 Comments


I love Variations quite a lot but haven't listened to anything else by them. Good place to go next?



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