The Pineapple Thief
Dissolution


3.8
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
August 31st, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of something beautiful...

The Pineapple Thief have been one of the most consistent British acts of this new progressive rock wave, although I think their output can better be described as alternative rock with prog/art rock influences. The group always drew comparisons to Porcupine Tree and especially now that they co-opted Gavin Harrison, it’s even easier to spot the similarities. Nevertheless, the famous “drum machine” who leveled up Steven Wilson and the gang had the same impact over these guys' sonic direction. The first effort featuring him behind the kit, Your Wilderness had several intricate portions added and benefited from a newfound creative spirit. Even if Magnolia was a great effort, TPT were starting to become too predictable for their own good.

The latest project, Dissolution was conceived with Harrison from the start and this congealing chemistry between the members offers more dynamic results this time. For example, ‘Threatening War’ manages to create quite a compelling atmosphere in 6 minutes, going from subdued bass notes over intermittent drum patterns to catchy, mid-tempo choruses, where the guitars kick in. Ultimately, a heavy segment follows, using a seldom seen power in their repertoire. Even though ‘All that You’ve Got’ is closer to poppier outings The Pineapple Thief excels at, the busy drumming and energetic progressions make things more interesting than usual. Moreover, ‘Far Below’ starts with distorted riffs that allow Gavin to constantly punctuate with cool tom/snare fills along the way. On the second half, they choose to further explore dirtier grooves and it’s exciting, because I, for one, wasn’t expecting them to maintain this energy over multiple tracks. It’s a big plus Soord decided not to indulge too much in faint, falsetto croons, using firm vocals instead. Unfortunately, dropping the pitch also got him closer to Steven Wilson to the point where sometimes you can imagine the latter singing over certain parts.

It wouldn’t be a Pineapple Thief record if we weren’t served some moody tracks. There are less than usual (no complaints about that) and often spiced with louder sections throughout. The obligatory epic, ‘White Mist’ uses piano chords and keyboard touches to create a haunting vibe, whereas the guitars play both background notes & leads here and there. There are various shifting portions, each instrument doing his own thing, yet everyone joins in for a great, punchy finale. Meanwhile, ‘Uncovering Your Tracks’ uses a darker bass line and Soord’s voice is again strikingly close to Wilson’s (the too familiar drum beat adds to this feeling). Still, halfway, some power chords make their way through the low end and a nice guitar solo distracts your attention from this minor bewilderment. The sing alongs are blissful as always, beautifully working over the instruments.

Finally, ‘Shed a Light’ puts a lovely end to Dissolution with its mournful setting (no interminable plaintiveness), until a harder part joins midway. To be honest, this is a fitting closer to an LP that is tighter and more balanced than a large part of their catalog. Yes, the Porcupine Tree similarities are obvious, however, there’s progress to be found and more excitement than we’ve heard in years. The first one to “blame” is Gavin Harrison, who lifted both these bands' levels then and now, but the rest must've put some extra work on their bits as well (or at least refreshed their input). So, those waiting for a reunion of the much cherished, aforementioned act can be the first to dig in, because I am sure most Pineapple Thief fans will enjoy this to certain degrees. I am curious what Bruce & Co. will come up with next, because they can push in this direction to create an excellent follow-up.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2018


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Despite similarities with Porcupine Tree's output, this is actually a great album. It also made me go back to Magnolia, for some heavier Pineapple Thief tracks.



'Try as I Might' (official video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yBCcT3L2e0

'Far Below' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te5bGWJIlOk

Faraudo
August 31st 2018


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band has been solid AF since 2004.

Digging: Chapel of Disease - ...and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced

DamnVanne
August 31st 2018


2786 Comments


Gonna give these dudes a try again. I really fuckin miss Gavin. Dude is one of my favorite musicians of all time

Faraudo
August 31st 2018


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He gets the spotlight in the 11 minute track, and it's glorious.

fallout1
August 31st 2018


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tried over and over but just can't get into these guys despite love for Gavin.

Jasdevi087
September 1st 2018


5369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these guys are possibly the most vanilla band i've ever heard but I actually didn't mind the last one so i might check this

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2018


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

This is a step further in the right direction. It's a bit better than Your Wilderness.

JJKeys
September 2nd 2018


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

White Mist is an absolute tune

ChoccyPhilly
September 3rd 2018


11782 Comments


hmm I'll give it a go

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

RabbitSeason
September 3rd 2018


30 Comments


i've been listening to these guys for a while now, and their stuff has always appeared on the streaming site i use (Napster)....where are you guys listening to this? i can't find it without just buying the CD. not on Youtube either, from what i can tell

JJKeys
September 3rd 2018


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spotify

RabbitSeason
September 3rd 2018


30 Comments


thanks! i guess i'll create a free account.

also, nice review. i'm excited for a little more edge to the music. they can definitely be very vanilla

Mad.
September 3rd 2018


4735 Comments


Very interested to hear this, haven't been that impressed by anything much since All the Wars

Prize for the most generic artwork goes to?

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2018


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

At least it doesn't look similar to No-Man (or Porcupine Tree now that Gavin is on board) like Your Wilderness' artwork did

valek
September 3rd 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can hear alot of Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree here, not bad a tall being two bands I love. Im liking this one alot, even from the first listen, seems promising.

cageofman
September 3rd 2018


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have only had a couple listens thus far, so too early to rate. Sounds decent, but im one who does not believe YW or this one from what ive heard so far is any stronger than previous material.

In fact Magnolia was stronger than YW for me, and What We Have Sown to me is still their most perfect work. Well that and Variation On A Dream.

omnipanzer
September 5th 2018


21823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's so subdued... It's unarguably well done and I like it but not much more. All the bands from this time have a very similar aesthetic. I think just giving it over to Porcupine Tree is inadequate as a description. I do see it as a bit of a throwback to be sure though.

Digging: Brand New - Science Fiction

cageofman
September 5th 2018


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One listen away from finalizing my rating. Its pretty decent, second half especially anyway.

Threatening War is a little too.... yeah subdued is a good description.

Jasdevi087
September 5th 2018


5369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

umm, yeah

OmairSh
September 5th 2018


14479 Comments


Both singles are good. Far Below has got some great sections



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