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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.