The Pineapple Thief
You’re never sure what to expect from this well established band. They’re always diverse with their material and arrangements, and this album is surely one of their best. Catchy guitar intros open the first two tracks, Simple As That and Alone At Sea, that lull you in gently but then both break into hard and forceful songs and you’re totally hooked. They make clever use of arrangements throughout, which tends to tip them into the progressive bag, but also include a heavier element not normally associated with the genre. It’s the juxtaposition of hard hitting instrumentals with soft vocals on some tracks that makes this something special, and it’s never shown to better advantage than on Breathe. The album is liberally laced with surprises, and the more you play it the more you discover. This is the 10th studio project from founder and guitarist Bruce Soord, and represents a new chapter for the band.