This four-piece unit sways along a thin line, where alternative rock attains a fruitful coexistence with more progressive musical elements. Founded by guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Bruce Soord for his solo ventures, Pineapple Thief subsequently solidified its group-centric entity back in 2002. Fast-forwarding to this 2008 release, the musicians' methodology looms as a paradox of sorts. Think sophisticated pop, spiced with crunching alt-rock grooves and then toss in some strings and spacey overlays to complement Soord's endearing vocals.
On the title piece, the quartet homogenizes psychedelic guitar parts with a touch of Nirvana-style grunge rock. But Soord alters the overall tone with acoustic guitar voicings amid mellotron (or sampler) work as they generate drifting attributes to offset the hard-rock vibe. And in other regions of sound and scope, they pursue an ethereal gait via gravitating choruses and Soord's reflective vocalizations.
The band kindles a touch of early '70s Pink Floyd during the album's closer, "Too Much To Lose," where sweeping keys, and an ambient wall of sound segues into military-march progressions and driving rock pulses. It's a multi-part endeavor that highlights the musicians' depth, teeming with a near seamless fusion of old school ideas coupled with a modernist edge. Otherwise, Soord's largely melodic lyricism spawns a rather mature pop mindset. And after a few spins it all starts to make near perfect sense as the band's ruminations are shaded with a mark of authenticity.
Track Listing: My Debt To You; Shoot First; Sinners; The Sorry State; Tightly Wound; My Bleeding Hand; Different World; And So Say All Of You; Too Much To Lose.
Personnel: Bruce Soord: vocals, guitar, keyboards; Jon Sykes: bass; Keith Harrison: drums; Steve Kitch: keyboards.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
We sent a confirmation message to . Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, check your spam, bulk or promotions folder.
Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community!
Find All About Jazz articles, news, musician pages, and more!