The Pineap­ple Thief

Mag­no­lia

Guitar Techniques - - Music Reviews -

kscope Mu­sic

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.

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