Friday, October 12, 2012

Review of "All The Wars" by The Pineapple Thief

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1. Burning Pieces
2. Warm Seas
3. Last Man Standing
4. All the Wars
5. Build a World
6. Give It Back
7. Someone Pull Me Out
8. One More Step Away
9. Reaching Out

Everyone knows that slow and steady wins the race and that the greatest ideas often take a while to sink in. But with a little luck, the planets should eventually align and the world will come around to your way of thinking. Kscope band The Pineapple Thief’s graceful rise to progressive rock glory may have taken over a decade but as Bruce Soord’s ever-inventive brainchild gear up to release their latest and greatest studio album it is plain that those years have all been part of a magical evolution and new fans continue to discover them every day.

Formed back in 1999 when the modern prog scene was still in its tentative infancy, The Pineapple Thief provided multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Soord with an outlet for his unerring passion for music. Initially a studio-bound project rather than a fully functioning band, its sound slowly emerged as an idiosyncratic blend of melancholy indie rock and subtly innovative experimentation, with Soord’s sublime compositional gifts providing a compelling pulse at its heart.

“I just wanted to create some music that was my undiluted vision,” Soord says today. “I'd spent my life in bands and collaborations and it was never an easy ride. All that consensus building was too bloody stressful if you ask me! Doing a project on my own, I had no one to argue with but myself. At the time, I really had no expectations at all. I didn't even know if anyone would ever hear it. Luckily I got the first album released on a small indie label it did okay, or well enough for me to do another one...”

That debut album, ‘Abducting The Unicorn’, could hardly have been timelier. As like-minded artists like Porcupine Tree and Radiohead began to purposefully rehabilitate their notion of rock, The Pineapple Thief suddenly found an audience, most notably in mainland Europe, and Soord’s vision began to resonate with a steadily expanding fan base. Over the years that followed, the band’s music grew in stature and with each successive album their reputation as major contenders within this burgeoning underground movement became inarguable.

Two years on from the critical and commercial triumphs of last album ‘Someone Here Is Missing’ and with the art rock & prog scenes expanding at a rate of knots (and its audience growing accordingly), the release of ‘All The Wars’ looks certain to be one of the main events of 2012. A diverse and wildly imaginative piece of work, the new album showcases a heavier, more organic, and fiery sound than ever before, but the deft embellishments and inspired arrangements that made previous albums so mesmerising are much in evidence too. Songs like the propulsive ‘Burning Pieces’ and epic closer ‘Reaching Out’ take Bruce Soord’s songwriting to a new level of finesse and conviction, while contributions from the Prague Philharmonic 22-piece string section (conducted by Andrew Skeet) and choir ensure that the band’s diverse credentials are more than apparent throughout. The majority of the album was recorded at the well known Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, with Mark Bowyer and Steve Kitch.

“I wanted to give the songs a lot more depth than SHIM, so it's a bit of grower,” states Soord. “It needs a few listens to be absorbed properly, but then I'm sure it will hang around on the playlists of those who give it a chance. Lyrically it's about conflict in life, conflict with the people we love and the subsequent waste of what little time we have. I'm certainly not religious, so I'm pretty stoic about life. I just want to enjoy what time I have with the people who I love before it all ends. But if at the end all I have are 'all the wars' then it's better than nothing. I can make the most of the here and now.”

Following Storm Thorgerson’s sleeve for the band’s previous record, the artwork for this album features images created by the award winning photographer Mark Mawson, as part of his Aqueous series. Shots from the Aqueous project were recently projected onto Buckingham Palace as the background to Paul McCartney’s performance of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

'All The Wars’ will be released in multiple formats including a limited edition 2CD digibook and limited edition double heavyweight (180gm) vinyl. The vinyl is packaged in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves, especially mastered for audiophile vinyl. The limited edition 2CD digibook version includes the standard record plus exclusive acoustic recordings of songs from the album as well as a 2012 version of ‘Light Up Your Eyes’ (originally released in 2005).

“Burning Pieces” opens up this album nicely with the groove of the guitar and bass. The way the drums flowed along made this track really, as well as the solo. The vocals are really awesome and calming on the next track “Warm Seas.” The guitars have a very southern rock vibe which is kind of badass. The mellow parts in “Last Man Standing” are really well done and the vocals on them are really beautiful. Even on the heavier bits the vocals are still great sounding. There is also an amazing bass line and the guitar coming in over top.

A great acoustic intro starts off the overall mostly mellow next title track, “All the Wars,” but it is a good track for sure. The vocals are very relaxing and the Prague Philharmonic really shines through on this track. Up until now I didn’t even notice them. There is really groovy guitar in “Build a World” and the mix between heavy bits and piano breaks was great. The ending of this track, when the strings accompany the band is really cool. “Give It Back,” is heavier than a few of the previous tracks. The guitars are really catchy and flow well. The strings from Prague come in a little more than half way and really add to the feel and builds into a really awesome combination of old and new stringed instruments.

The next track, “Someone Pull Me Out,” is mellow to the point of being a lullaby. The violins and various strings along the vocals and piano is soothing and relaxing. It gives you a feeling of not even caring for reviewing and just listening to the lovely arrangements. “One More Step Away” follows the suit of the track prior and gives off the same vibe. You really have to give props the people in the Prague Philharmonic as they really do sound amazing. Finishing the album we have “Reaching Out” with great bass lines and with the strings over top it gives off a little darker feel to it which is interesting or that’s how I felt. It’s a mellow track for the most part and really does pull positive and negative emotions with its mix of string arrangements. This is definitely really great way to end the album.

This album is really amazing the way it was produced. The combination of The Pineapple Thief sound and the orchestral masterpiece of Prague Philharmonic make a very beautiful mix of classical and progressive metal. I really recommend picking up this album, as it is something everyone can enjoy but still has a metal base.

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