The Pineapple Thief
What We Have Sown


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mad. USER (28 Reviews)
December 25th, 2013 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The seeds are blossoming; An essential release for any fan and a great starting place for everyone else

For me, an album's artwork is almost as important as the music itself. A striking cover could pike your interest to try an album that you'll later adore, or a cover that fits beautifully with the music could help you understand what feeling the artist is trying to create and possibly enjoy the album more.
The music of What We Have Sown perfectly fits the windswept and bleak, yet lush and sunny environment of south-west England captured in the artwork, making for a bracing experience, picturing yourself drifting through that very landscape.

Exploiting the band's intimate sound to its best with a largely acoustic-driven first half gives a natural, organic feel, especially in the impressive Well, I Think That's What You Said". A mostly instrumental piece with a tender atmospheric violin and excellent percussion, it's a reminder of how vital the duo of Keith Harrison's percussion and Bruce Soord's song-writing are to The Pineapple Thief's sound.
While Soord can write something beautiful, it's often Harrison's understated but masterful drumming that truly makes the song. This is no more evident than on possibly his greatest ever performance on West Winds, the second, 9-minute instrumental that builds that image of a cold hilly landscape to its peak with a thunderous second half, started by his intense solo drumming.

Bruce Soord's huge talent cannot be ignored either. What makes this album so remarkable is that it is a collection of songs that had been left out of previous albums with a mammoth final track to flesh the length out, and yet the album easily stands up to the Soord's other work as one of the band's best.
His finesse as a guitarist is evident on All You Need To Know's heart-wrenching solo and with its ability to drive that last track without it feeling a minute too long, despite being near the half-hour mark. He also shows his unique identity with West Winds' evolution from guitar riff to piano melody with a brilliant crescendo thrown in the middle, plus the violin and acoustic guitar that laces Deep Blue World's poignant lyrics.
The bonus tracks, from an album of bonus tracks, are also not to be missed. You Sign Out's cymbal-crashing middle section and passionate vocals of "I don't know what to say / please don't go / don't go" and Before It Costs Us' low-key acoustic bookend are welcome additions.

The only dud song on the album is Take Me With You, which does not bring anything new to the table and has an unfitting and pretty much pointless 'surprise ending' just after you thought the song had finished, making it drag on for far too long.
The album's main problem is that it marks the point in the band's career where they have explored most of the possibilities and have become comfortable in their trademark sound, meaning that while it is and overwhelmingly enjoyable listen, there are only a few occasions when we see the band actually trying something new.

This makes the 28 minutes and 46 second closer of What Have We Sown" especially satisfying, being the longest song The Pineapple Thief have ever attempted and a resounding success. The band has time to stretch itself out and create a chilling soundscape, led by threatening electronics with Soord exploring both ends of his guitar and Harrison giving us some deliciously varied drum fills. The song goes through several stages, sometimes dropping to the quiet sounds of blowing wind or building to multiple climaxes (hurr hurr) to keep us hooked.
Throughout its length, the track gives a perfect representation of all the best aspects of the band's sound at the time and their expert songcraft after almost 10 years of existence.
This makes the album a fitting way to mark the end of an era as they move on to a new record label, new exposure and eventually a completely revamped sound.



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Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is so damn underrated here. This album is their highest rated on RYM.



All You Need to Know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyPelncIV0k

West Winds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIIGM54VWkg

What Have We Sown? (don't miss): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh1AxIGG_AY

JS19
December 25th 2013


7053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, though Something is Missing is their best by a way. Awesome review Mad, you're getting so much better as a writer

Digging: Bersarin Quartett - Bersarin Quartett

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah man Little Man is their best, a 5/5 for me. I haven't heard Variations though, I'm building the suspense for myself...

Thanks, I can feel myself improving, but I'm still proud of my Little Man review

KILL
December 25th 2013


81233 Comments


variations is the only one that didnt bore the fuck out of me

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are a pretty subtle band, I guess it's not for everybody. Have you heard Someone Here Is Missing? That one's a bit less 'boring'

KILL
December 25th 2013


81233 Comments


nah dude maybe i'll try it but damn i gota check anthony phillips first

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I added some obscure 70s prog band called Alquin to the database yesterday. Their debut's meant to be pree good, full thing's on youtube, you might want to check

Mongi123
December 25th 2013


20178 Comments


Good review bro. I'm sure I'll check their whole discography eventually.

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You definitely should, there's some quite nice variation. Someone Here Is Missing is hugely different from this apart from a couple of songs. All the Wars is similar to SHIM and has orchestral elements, Little Man is a proper art-rock album and Tightly Unwound is similar to this, acoustic-led alt-prog.

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I'd definitely recommend it, there's a lot of gems in their discog.

I've never found anything by them boring, though there are average moments like 'Take Me With You',

partly because I could bask in Bruce Soord's vocals and guitar solos as well as Keith Harrison's

drumming all day

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would definitely be cool to do that but I never have the time, and what happens when you end up with a really crappy album, like if you were doing Genesis' discog or somet? If I don't like the music I'll just turn it off

Mad.
December 25th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's interesting... what do you listen through and what do you do while you're listening? I find that if I listen to music through headphones while surfing the web or playing a game I kind of lose concentration and don't really take in the music.

Mad.
December 26th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah right, well I'm still at school so I rarely have time to listen until the evening but now I get how some people manage to listen to so much music ; )

Mad.
December 26th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really?! SHIM is a 4.5 for me. What didn't you like? Preparation For Meltdown and So We Row are awesome

Killerhit
December 26th 2013


6013 Comments


this is pretty fuckin brutal

Mad.
December 26th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know right, riffz 0f trvth

Killerhit
December 26th 2013


6013 Comments


That shredding on the opening of Deep Blue World is fuckin m/

Mad.
December 26th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dem bass pedals in West Winds n dem roars on Take Me With You r br00tal as f0k

Killerhit
December 26th 2013


6013 Comments


fuckin gory and gross

Mad.
December 26th 2013


4746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What Have We Sown? > You Suffer



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