BRUCE SOORD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

BRUCE SOORD

(2015)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Acoustic, Intimist
"Far from the splendour of Pineapple Thief, Bruce Soord delivers a condensed version of emotions without ever falling into the boredom of acoustic albums"
TONYB (22.12.2015)  
4/5
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Although evolving in different musical styles, it can be tempting to draw a parallel between the respective careers of Bruce Soord and Steven Wilson who, beyond sharing the same initials for their respective groups, are both prolific multi-task artists since the former has recently started producing (the last live of Anathema for example) and remixing leading figures in the field (and in particular two Opeth albums initially produced by... Steven Wilson!).

After the Vulgar Unicorn adventure, whose artistic relevance unfortunately did not have the commercial impact it deserved, Bruce Soord take off with Pineapple Thief, in a register that is certainly more accessible but not without substance. And after 10 studio albums, the need to express more personal emotions leads our pineapple thief leader to try his hand at working alone.

As in the case of Steven Wilson, the subject matter of this first solo album is not radically different from what he can offer with his band. The melodic sense that contributes so much to Pineapple Thief's success is very much in evidence, and Bruce Soord reminds us with 'The Odds' that he has a disconcerting ability to built small pop pearls. This playful track remains an exception on this album with its melancholic tone and intimate subject, dominated by the almost systematic presence of an acoustic guitar on all the compositions declined on a slow tempo suitable for listening by the fire, comfortably installed in his sofa.

No symphonic progressive down here. The accompaniment of the songs is refined, the keyboards being satisfied in particular with simple melodies, repetitive gimmicks ('Familiar Patterns') and some judicious chords, highlighting Bruce Soord's warm voice. This does not prevent some instrumental developments, the climax being reached on the magnificent "Willow Tree" which, after a first part with a melody full of emotions delivers us an instrumental chorus inflated with Dantean brass sounds. A last word to underline the excellent production of this album which, with a maximum of simplicity, gives it a texture conducive to the transmission of emotions, perfectly distinguishing each instrument and detaching without artifice the artist's voice.

Far from the splendour of Pineapple Thief, Bruce Soord delivers a condensed version of emotions without ever falling into the mistakes (and sometimes boredom) of acoustic albums. The result is a bewitching and warm work, to be enjoyed without any moderation.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
THE PINEAPPLE THIEF, LANDS END

TRACK LISTING:
01. Black Smoke - 3:27
02. Buried Here - 4:20
03. The Odds - 3:34
04. A Thousand Daggers - 4:46
05. Willow Tree - 5:14
06. Born In Dilusion - 4:10
07. Field Day Part 1 - 3:15
08. Field Day Part 2 - 1:44
09. Familiar Patterns - 4:14
10. Leaves Leave Me - 5:17

LINEUP:
Bruce Soord: Chant / Guitares
Darren Charles: Guitares
   
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