First posted on echoesanddust.com.
If The Pineapple Thief’s 2014 album effort Magnolia saw the band finding a distinction in their sound, which in turn resulted in a strong and cohesive album experience, then the band’s latest album Your Wilderness is the progression of just that. The Pineapple Thief’s latest album experience shows the band having really pushed forward their new skills in song-writing and performance (helped no least by ex-Porcupine Tree’s Gavin Harrison, whose production skills on the album help shape much of the experience itself). Your Wilderness feels like a band who know exactly what they want to do, and know how to achieve just that.
Having established something great on Magnolia, Pineapple Thief have taken that template, and pushed it even further, creating a highly successful follow-up album that arguably stands on the same grounds (if not succeeds it). Your Wilderness shows remarkable progression from a band who had already demonstrated progression, and are now beginning to perfect their latest achievements.. Each track on the album contributes to the overall picture being painted by the band, and whilst certain moments on the album may feels a little lackluster in terms of energy, it feels important and necessary in presenting this overarching story-line. It seems rather than relying on old standard techniques within the genre, The Pineapple Thief have instead opted for more restraint, which in turn give those more urgent moments more emphasis.
With this new level of excellence The Pineapple Thief are now demonstrating, the standard of what the band are now pushing out seems to place them at the forefront of modern progressive rock music. Your Wilderness simply ticks the boxes of what makes a strong and enjoyable album of this caliber, with it arguably sounding a little less pretentious than other artists in the foray of the genre. Though this is perhaps one of the strongest and most promising of The Pineapple Thief’s body of work, it does seem to have come with a loss of the band’s earlier more experimental roots. (Though conversely, confusing and tiresome dirges have now turned into the structured and enjoyable).
Whilst there was much to enjoy from The Pineapple Thief’s earlier bodies of work, it seems the band have started to hit their stride, and are now in the process of producing some of their best albums. Much of the work the band have thrown into this album seems to have really paid off, with it coming across as one of the strongest albums of their entire repertoire. Whether or not it overtakes life-long fan’s personal favourites is their own business, though it is undoubted that this is a highly interesting chapter in the band’s history, and one can only wonder where they’ll take themselves next.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- In Exile
- No Man’s Land
- The Final Thing On My Mind
- Where We Stood
The Pineapple Thief’s latest album ‘Your Wilderness’ is out now.