July 2008, Issue 120.
Tightly Unwound by Somerset proggers The Pineapple Thief has a visceral undercurrent that prevents singer/guitarist Bruce Soord’s penchant for sweet melancholia becoming soporific.
It also introduces an air of tension as you wait for the next instrumental outburst to puncture Soord’s gentle melodies and lyrical intrigue. And it’s heightened by the band’s keen sense of dynamic as the acoustic strumming suddenly switches to a harsh electric frenzy.
They’ve got control of the shades in between as well, courtesy of some deft syncopated riffs from the rhythm section while Soord keeps his eye on the ambience. Most of the songs are around five minutes and that suits them best – the couple that stretch over 10 slip into self-indulgence.