Progressive-Rock band The Pineapple Thief offer the follow up to their 2012 album effort ‘All The Wars’ with their impressive and majestic album ‘Magnolia’. The new album features The Pineapple Thief doing what they do best, offering up an incredible progressive rock experience that should please the bands’ fans. At times, it’s arguable that ‘Magnolia’ might not push the boundaries of the bands’ music out all that much, and is certainly not as experimental as some of the bands’ previous albums such as ‘What We Have Sown’ or ‘Tightly Unwound’, though what ‘Magnolia’ does offer is just great rock music that is incredibly enjoyable in its own right.
‘Magnolia’ comes across as a pure progressive rock experience, nothing more and nothing less. The basic elements of a great Pineapple Thief album are all in place here, and they come through in phenomenal style, resulting in some great music that is so easy to get lost in and just enjoy. The album opens up with incredible and almost ferocious energy, and from then on The Pineapple Thief just seem to go for it, diversifying the energy with darker and more somber tracks, and bringing it all back up again with more incredible energy. ‘Magnolia’ is incredibly enjoyable in many rights, featuring great song after great song and simply showing the band doing exactly what it is they do best.
The Pineapple Thief have produced a wonderful album experience with ‘Magnolia’, though there’s an element that the album isn’t has grand or majestic as some of their previous efforts suggest. It seems since the past few albums Pineapple Thief have released, they’ve managed to find their comfort zone, but at the cost of an interesting experimental edge that doesn’t seem to be prevalent in the band’s music anymore. Whilst this is a shame to some, it’s still clear that The Pineapple Thief know exactly what they’re doing, and know how to create great music that is pleasing to many.
‘Magnolia’ might not be the best Pineapple Thief album in comparison to their rather large discography, though it is perhaps one of their better efforts, and one that is incredibly enjoyable in its own right. ‘Magnolia’ offers up a wonderful progressive rock experience, full of energy and demonstrating wonderful craftsmanship. The Pineapple Thief seem to just know exactly what works, and how to make their own branch of progressive rock music so enjoyable and accessible to others. ‘Magnolia’ might not be the bands’ best album in their discography, but it is definitely one of their most enjoyable efforts thus far.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Simple As That
- Coming Home
- The One You Left To Die
- A Loneliness
The Pineapple Thief’s latest album ‘Magnolia’ is out now.