It’s hard to believe that The Pineapple Thief have been around for 21 years – I discovered them as soon as I heard the drummer Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree was with the band. Although they have been together for a long time, the band really made waves with their 2018 album ‘Dissolution’ which is frankly a masterpiece of modern prog. Anyone who was at last years HRH Prog event at the Sheffield O2 Academy and saw their headline set will surely agree that The Pineapple Thief are one of the best progressive bands in the world today.
‘Versions of Truth’ is the 13th studio album by the band – 10 melancholy, beautifully harmonized and brilliantly constructed tracks that are backed with a signature groove and pace from Gavin Harrison. While not having the immediate impact of ‘Dissolution’ this is, none the less, a magnificent album. This is going to be one of those albums that gets better and better with each listen.
The opening track ‘Version of the Truth’ pulls the listener straight in with Bruce Soord’s stunning harmonised vocal and builds to a signature heavier mid-section, then beautifully flows to a climatic finish. For me, the standout tracks of the album are ‘Break it All’ with its intricate construction and drumming from Harrison that shows exactly why he is regarded as one of the worlds best. The song seems to have so much going on but without disrupting its flow and is absolutely stunning through headphones. ‘Leave Me Be’ with it’s darker sound and deliberate drum track really stands out, it’s that kind of track that would be at home as an album opener. The soaring chorus is one that stays with you instantly and will have you singing along from the next listen on, a perfect way to inject additional energy and punch to the middle of an album.
Hopefully, the band will tour when the world returns to some kind of normality – this is an album I am definitely looking forward to being played live.
The Pineapple Thief – Versions of Truth is out now via Kscope