The Pineapple Thief started out as a one man project, but it soon expanded to a full-fletched band. The band released several albums through the years, but most of them never reached the general public. Things changed decidedly when the band founded their own imprint, entitled K-Scope Records. The Pineapple Thief’s latest offering, entitled Someone Here Is Missing appeared through that label as well. Let’s take a closer look.
The album starts with Nothing At Best, an energetic song with lots of Muse influences. Wake Up Dead is another remarkable song, because of the industrial/electro influences. Apparently one of the band members listened to a lot of Nine Inch Nails lately. Things mellow down on The State We’re In with strings included. It’s not as depressive as Blackfield, but it gets close.
The Muse influences make a grandiose return on Preparation For Meltdown, which is one of the longer tracks on the album. Radiohead seem to be a source of inspiration as well. Show A Little Love has this weird Pitchshifter vibe over it. 3000 Days is another up-tempo rocker. Barely Breathing is a ballad type song reminiscent of band’s older “bittersweet” progressive sound days. Later day Anathema comes to mind as well. The title track and So We Row have this Anathema feel and quality about them as well.
Muse and Radiohead are prominently featured on the album, but The Pineapple Thief manage to give the music a twist or two on their own. The soothing voice of singer and band chief Bruce Soord is another element that sets the band apart. He’s also the one responsible for the brilliant production of Someone Here Is Missing.
This album should appeal to fans of Muse, Radiohead and later day Anathema. I can’t wait for the next The Pineapple Thief album!
Written by Raymond Westland