ARTIST:

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

YOUR WILDERNESS

(2016)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album
"The Pineapple Thief returns to their wild progressive inspirations and offers us with "Your Wilderness" their most instinctive album to date."
TONYB (18.07.2016)  
5/5
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For Bruce Soord, the release of his first solo album was a real revelation.  Having now two different ways to express all his musical sensibility, he feels much freer in his creation, especially for his favorite band, The Pineapple Thief, which had been somewhat locked in the last years in a much more pop register than the progressive/post rock trend of the beginnings. And for the release of the eleventh studio album under this banner, this new way of considering his music is reflected through a return to the progressive roots that remain deeply ingrained in Bruce Soord.

So indeed, without going back to the long progressive wanderings of Vulgar Unicorn, Bruce Soord has put back some of his original inspiration in this new album of The Pineapple Thief, characterized by a pop music as refined as ever, but enriched with many rock ingredients, and in particular with power rises leading to instrumental passages driven by furious guitars ('No Man's Land', 'Tear You Up', 'Take your Shot') in which the guitar solos enlighten the message. To confirm this new powerful rise, there is nothing better than to sustain its content on a solid rhythmic base. And this one is provided by Gavin Harrisson, Steven Wilson's road companion in the Porcupine Tree adventure, whose performance combines here strength and subtlety, with lots of variations ('No Man's Land' where he shows all his range of sounds. And when the man is throwing up, it's so heavy !

Of course, this new strength does not question the melodic aspect of the different pieces that make up "Your Wilderness", and the subject is very far from presenting any metallic sounds. Yet the contrast between the usual atmospheric parts and the more punchy passages gives all its taste to the eight compositions, even if we could regret some repetitions of themes, especially on 'The Final Thing of your Mind', a long piece that creates a more than gripping atmosphere. To note also the presence of another guest-star of high importance, with the contribution always as wonderful of John Heliwell (Supertramp) and his magic saxophone which comes to illuminate the very atmospheric 'Fend for Yourself'.

And to underline once again the care for the detail which obsesses Bruce Soord from now on in all his publications, the ultra-clear production allows to taste, in the calm parts as well as in the electric choruses, each note, each nuance, of these definitely too short 41 minutes of music. By diverting the title of the album, we can conclude this review by affirming that The Pineapple Thief returns to a "wild" progressive inspiration, by offering us an album as instinctive as we want, all in nuances and subtle variations.


More informations on http://www.pineapplethief.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. In Exile
02. No Man's Land
03. Tear You Up
04. That Shore
05. Take Your Shot
06. Fend For Yourself
07. The Final Thing On My Mind
08. Where We Stood

LINEUP:
Bruce Soord: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Gavin Harrison: Batterie
Jon Sykes: Basse
Steve Kitch: Claviers
Darran Charles: Guitares / Invité
Geoffrey Richardson: Invité / Orchestrations
John Helliwell: Invité / Clarinette
   
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06/10/2016
 
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Tout d’abord Gavin Harrison est à la batterie sur cet album. Non pas que les batteurs précédents furent mauvais (dont Bruce Soord lui même, multi instrumentiste), mais on voit la différence entre l’excellence et l’exceptionnel. Il est considéré à juste titre comme l’un des meilleurs batteurs actuels : force, précision, subtilité. Pas étonnant que Robert Fripp l’ait enrôlé dans son King Crimson… quand on connait l’exigence du professeur !
Pour le reste… Un disque à la hauteur des précédents. Tout est dit dans le premier morceau. Une délicatesse musicale qui rappelle bien sûr les meilleurs moments de Porcupine Tree, mais avec une sensualité récurrente dûe en partie à la belle voix du leader. La petite introduction subtile de batterie, la voix soigneusement travaillée, le mellotron royal, le bel arpège de guitare, la basse appuyée et les chœurs délicats… Voilà.. Pas d’artifices. Des effets classiques comme la réverbération ou les échos, subtilement placés.
Un son moderne, pas du tout vintage. Des morceaux assez courts, et c’est l’art de Mr Soord, d’arrêter là où d’autres iraient vers des finals symphoniques ou des longueurs ennuyeuses (les suédois….). Les morceaux se terminent abruptement souvent. Cela peut laisser sur leur faim des amateurs de prog épique. Du coup le disque n’est pas très long (un 33 tours!) mais pas une seconde inutile, vraiment ! C’est somptueux, magnifiquement enregistré, avec la basse un peu plus en avant que d’habitude.
Le discours est plus calme bien que les guitares électriques soient omniprésentes, avec quelques soli plus détachés que d’habitude. De belles guitares acoustiques aussi, peu de piano, quelques cordes. Les paroles sont toujours intéressantes, parfois obscures, parfois évidentes, toujours sombres (don’t be afraid to miss me, don’t be afraid to hate me). L’amour toujours ! Un des meilleurs morceaux du groupe avec « The final thing on my mind », une angoissante méditation….
Un groupe majeur de la Prog, indubitablement !
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