Bruce Soord’s The Pineapple Thief has returned with their latest effort titled ‘Your Wilderness’. They’ve shifted their focus back to a more progressive sound than from there earlier releases on 2012’s ‘All the Wars’ and 2014’s ‘Magnolia’. Both of these records had more of a polished rock sound to them.
Drummer Dan Osbourne, who made his initial debut with the band back in 2014, was replaced by Porcupine Tree/King Crimson drummer Gavin Harrison. Bruce also enlisted the help of some guests on ‘Your Wilderness’ including Godstick’s guitarist Darran Charles, Supertramp’s John Helliwell on clarinet, and string player/arranger Geoffrey Richardson.
The album’s title is a theme of isolation, loneliness, and alienation of sorts. A road that The Pineapple Thief’s’ haven’t ventured down. The songs flow magnificently into one another with excellent musicianship.
The opening song, ‘In Exile’ starts off with Harrisons’ snare drum beating and eventually leading into Charles’ monster guitar riffs. The chorus is small, making it a perfect selection for a single. The next song is ‘No Man’s Land.’ Bruce does his best tenor, relating separation and loneliness with a magnificent blend of piano and acoustic guitar. Halfway through the song, John Sykes’ bassline engages the drums of Harrison, adding to the electric guitars and keyboards towards a classic Pineapple Thief ending. ‘Take Your Shot” is a song that has precise guitar layers and drums.
Soord’s songs are mixed with monochromatic foundation to assert the poignant, focused lyrics. These songs are a series of lovely, yet sad and blurry episodes that are an extended work rather than individual songs. This is The Pineapple Thief’s’ best record to date. Giving their fans the sound they’ve missed for the last few years.