Leon : The Pineapple Thief is back with a new album and I think that most progressive rock enthusiast will have been looking forward to this day. Since 'Your Wilderness' was released in 2016 not much has changed, except for that Gavin Harrison (ex-Porcupine Tree) is now officially a member of the group, although they are still playing gigs under the name 'The Pineapple Thief ft. Gavin Harrison'. Last year the group toured together with the band Godsticks, to work on new material after. The result of this is the new album 'Dissolution'.
Fans of 'Your Wilderness' can relax because the new album is the logical successor, although 'Dissolution' seems to be a bit calmer that its predecessor. It reminds me of the calmer work of Porcupine Tree, and since Harrison’s joined the band it’s even more evident. However, where Steven Wilson and co sometimes wandered the hard rock and metal atmospheres, The Pineapple Thief remains in much calmer waters and the band mainly relies on atmosphere and melody. And the band does that well, for years the band in been known as a reliable source of qualitative progressive rock and that will not be any different with 'Dissolution'. All the things that made 'Your Wilderness' great are present again; very melodic vocals, strong rhythmic drum and bass guitar parts, beautiful soundscapes of the keyboards, and great guitar solos, there's absolutely nothing to criticize at all. No, fans of the band will certainly not be disappointed, but what about people who don’t know the band yet? Personally, I don’t know the band that well, they never really grabbed me and I’d just rather listen to other bands that have a bit more of a bite to them. I believe that 'Dissolution' is the first album of the group that I really listened to and, although I still think that The Pineapple Thief is an exceptionally talented band, I have not changed my mind. I just miss some balls in the music, I especially lose a bit of interest because of the vocals of band leader Bruce Soord, I would’ve loved some more dynamic in his vocals. I absolutely understand that other people have absolutely no problems with this, it is really a matter of personal preference.
The conclusion is that The Pineapple Thief has again delivered a high quality album with 'Dissolution', one that will certainly appeal to the fans. For me personally it’s not an album that I will easily grab and listen too, for that I just don’t think it’s good enough, or, alternatively, just not enough to my liking. Still, I would definitely recommend people who don’t know the band to listen to the album, especially if you prefer the calmer side of the genre, then there’s a big chance that 'Dissolution' will be to your liking.