Bruce Soord started back in 1999, and now 25 into the band’s career, they have unbelievably hit another level both in their music and popularity. The same can be said about Soord himself who recently released a fantastic solo album in 2023 called Luminescence, and has been busy working on 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes for the likes of Big Big Train and Jethro Tull. The Pineapple Thief’s latest release, ‘It Leads to This’ features 8 relatively concise songs for this band, but they certainly do not lack any of the urgency and emotional effectiveness of their most revered work. In fact, they might have stumbled on the perfect mix of all the elements that make this band work so well.
Soord engaging vocals and effective lyrics create are perfectly married with the sonic landscape created by the band. There is an emotional weight to the lyrics that comes across with each word and in each song. Meanwhile, the importance and value of Gavin Harrison, who took over on drums in 2016, cannot be overstated. Already revered as one of the world’s best drummers with Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, his exceptional drumming skills and innovative approach to rhythm elevate The Pineapple Thief music in every way. His contributions have been pivotal in shaping the band’s sound, adding layers of complexity and depth to their compositions. It is definitely noticeable throughout this album.
“It Leads to This” stands out as one of The Pineapple Thief’s albums with Harrison to this point and perhaps from the band’s whole discography. Building upon their established foundation, the album exhibits a refined and matured sound. From soaring melodies to intricate rhythms, each track on the album is meticulously crafted, showcasing the band’s musical abilities and emotional depth.
While the album begins in a mellow fashion with “Put it Right” it does help set the tone for the album. The second track “Rubicon” is one of the more guitar heavy tracks, featuring some immaculate drumming from Harrison. Things however really start to get going with the title track, a superb dark and moody track with a glorious guitar buildup towards the end. From there each song gets better than the next from “The Flood”, to “All That’s Left’s”, and “Now It Yours,” the latter, a stroke of sinister genius, carefully building into one of standout tracks on the album.
The last two tracks, the lead single “Every Trace of Us” and “To Forget” are simply exquisite and take the listener on an emotional journey. While “To Forget” has a slow build, the payoff is there at the very end and leaves you wishing it would keep going.
If you have not been familiar with the band to this point, then now is the time to start. And fans will certainly find this collection compelling. ‘It Leads to This’ is an enthralling listen from beginning to end, offering interesting twists at every turn, and something new with every listen. With its masterful songwriting, stellar performances, and compelling sonic textures, ‘It Leads to This’ is certain to be a contender for one of the best albums of this year.
Released on Feb 9th, 2024 on Kscope.
Available here: https://thepineapplethief.lnk.to/ILTT
‘It Leads To This’ tracklist:
Put It Right [05:30]
It Leads To This [04:43]
The Frost [05:40]
All That’s Left [04:26]
Now It’s Yours [05:59]
Every Trace Of Us [04:30]
To Forget [05:20]
Bruce Soord / guitars, vocals
Jon Sykes / bass, backing vocals
Steve Kitch / keyboards
Gavin Harrison / drums, percussion