Pineapple Thief - 2003 - Variations On A Dream 
Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock
PINEAPPLE THIEF biography (at Progarchives):
The guitarist of VULGAR UNICORN starts his solo career with this band, which is inspired as much by PORCUPINE TREE as by his old group. PINEAPPLE THIEF has a mix of prog with some space rock. Balance, beauty, and modernity are all to be found in the plush sounds of PINEAPPLE THIEF ... great melodies, songs and plenty of atmospheres. This band will appeal to fans of RADIOHEAD, but other occasional influences show through that are less obvious but apparent (PINK FLOYD, U2, OZRICS and KING CRIMSON).
With their second release, PINEAPPLE THIEF (PTh for short) have reached a state of grace with their frenzy guitar drawings and acoustic sets, using Mellotron to the better effect without ever sounding retro. Indeed, and more than with the two previous albums from PINEAPPLE THIEF, "Variations on a Dream" is brimming over with its creator?s talent and is impressive with its incredible commercial potential. Thus, PTh has elaborated a "double layer album", in which the prog fan will enjoy the fine-tuned production and the arrangements, while the pop rock lovers will be delighted with accessible and addictive songs. This is the type of CD that one plays over again as soon as it ends. A little miracle of balance, and a place in my Top 5 for 2003.
Variations On A Dream - album review (at Progarchives):
Like Porcupine Tree and Radiohead, Pineapple Thief is a band that has managed to take alt-rock sensibilties and combine them with a definite prog edge. As other reviewers have cited, the band shows a great deal of resemblance to The Smashing Pumpkins in their mellower moments, as well as Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and at times Pink Floyd. And while certain tracks on this album are pure indie rock (the great acoustic track "This Will Remain Unspoken" being the main one that comes to mind), stuff like the spacier "Vapour Trails" and the brilliant closer "Remeber Us" is distinctly prog, and while there's not a lot of extended instrumental showboating to be found on this album, Bruce Soord is clearly more about making good music than showing how good he is at making music. Unfortunately, the group's new album 12 Stories Down appears to have forsaken the prog element in their music, but Variations on a Dream is still an extremely worthwhile listen, and an album that I'd say people on here are vastly underrating. It grabs you right from the melancholic opener "We Subside" (which grows from a minimalist beginning to a gorgeous symphonic finish), and has almost no weak moments. Hardcore 70s proggers will start petitions trying to get the band kicked off the site, but anyone with an open mind who likes prog should listen to this album.
1. We Subside (4:58)
2. This Will Remain Unspoken (3:27)
3. Vapour Trails (8:31)
4. Run Me Through (4:43)
5. The Bitter Pill (4:35)
6. Resident Alien (4:14)
7. Sooner or Later (3:59)
8. Part zero (7:28)
9. Keep Dreaming (4:21)
10. Remember Us (16:04)
Total Time: 62:14
- Bruce Soord / guitars, vocals and keyboards
- Adrian Soord / mellotron, fender rhodes, prophet 5, piano, misc synths
- Nick Lang / drums and percussion
- Mark Harris / electric and acoustic basses
- Jon Sykes / bass on "Sooner Or Later"
- Liz Bramley / backing vocals on "Vapour Trails"
- Will Torrens / guitar noises on "Vapour Trails"