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The new album from The Pineapple Thief is described in the new issue of Classic Rock as "exquisitely fragile", "rousing" and "heartbreaking", containing "perfectly formed packets of 21st century prog".

Magnolia, the band’s 10th album, is the follow-up to 2012’s All The Wars.

“People always ask me how we keep progressing after so many releases when so many artists can’t get past their ‘difficult second album’”, founder Bruce Soord tells Classic Rock. “Well, it’s easy when you start from a very low base. For a long time this was a DIY operation and albums were released on the smallest of independent labels. After each album and tour we would learn and grow. This album represents the culmination of all that; everything we had earned. We found ourselves with the money, the know how and the personnel. No excuses. This is the best album we have ever made.

“While it contains 12 relatively concise songs I am still very much a fan of the ‘album’ format. Magnolia is designed to be listened to as a journey and believe me, it treads some very different sonic paths before culminating with ‘Bond’. It should reveal itself to you a little more on each subsequent listen. That’s the real benchmark of quality for me.”

Magnolia is released on September 15 via Kscope

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.