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The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness album review

Progressive rock stalwarts reach far out on their 11th album

The Pineapple Thief Your Wilderness album cover

On their 11th album, The Pineapple Thief have assuredly opened up the horizons. It’s a cunning trick to pull off, but they manage to be intimate while at the same time exploding with expansive sounds. You can hear nods to Steve Wilson, Anathema, Barclay James Harvest and Marillion. But these are no more than signposts for music that can be frail and delicate, but also has a stony resilience.

You can feel the dichotomy of these textures throughout, but it’s most convincing on the cold yet inviting I In Exile, the stark yet warming That Shore and the smoothly corrugated passage of The Final Thing On Your Mind.

Mainman Bruce Soord’s vocals are breathless yet also sedate, complementing his skating guitar sounds. The guest presence of Supertramp’s John Helliwell on clarinet and Caravan’s Geoffrey Richardson working a string quartet adds an extra dimension. The Pineapple Thief’s best album yet? Immeasurably.

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Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.