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All the Wars

All the Wars

2 Sep 2012
4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Sept. 2012
  • Release Date: 2 Sept. 2012
  • Label: Kscope
  • Copyright: Snapper Music
  • Total Length: 44:58
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  • ASIN: B00AWZMUQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,421 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Indie-proggers The Pineapple Thief are letting us know their new CD is a Very Important Album Indeed. We've got the arty cover in the classic style of Storm Thorgerson, the deluxe book presentation and lots of songs that have WAR as an ongoing motif. So, it's going to be a solemn prog-rock meditation, then, like Pink Floyd's Animals, perhaps? Or maybe Radiohead's Kid A?

The Radiohead allusion doesn't entirely mislead, with singer-songwriter Bruce Soord coming on like Thom Yorke in mannerisms, even if he lacks the Radiohead frontman's vocal athleticism. It's not noodly blues like Floyd, though: this is heavy rockin' music, with sawing guitars and pounding drums, softened only by a wash of orchestral strings, some sinister choirs and the odd electronic beeps and buzzes. The tunes are strong and catchy, if a little samey and over-reliant on chant-along choruses -you know, the way The Muse can be? It demands to be played loud, maybe while driving fast, and for a prog rock band that has to be a compliment.

A lot of the songs are clearly built from the ground-up around some quite interesting guitar riffs and the acoustic bonus disk will please those who like a forensic examination of the structure and development of The Song. Tracks like 'Warm Seas' and 'Build A World' have especially powerful, even thunderous, hooks while the final 9-minute odyssey 'Reaching Out' reaches Wagnerian proportions and builds to a delirious, symphonic climax with wailing guitars and throbbing cellos merging into a wonderful cacophony. Top marks and tick the box marked "Grandiose".
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There is so much to say about this album......................

Rock music that combines emotion, angst, pain and romance. Songs covering the subjectivity of that which cannot be seen but what the heart really feels. Does it get any better ?. And can anyone do it better ?.

Combine all this with atmospherics, some incredible guitar touches, strings, a choir and a sympathetic rhythm section. Listen even close and you will also hear that wonderful rumble of hammond organ on a couple of tracks. The result, a truly remarkable album which is, at times, quite beautiful, stunning and breathtaking. Not only that. It is also leaves the listener totally drained.

With this record Bruce appears to have captured the very best elements of Tightly Unwound and Someone Here Is Missing which, themselves were both extremely good albums, and combined them with the essence and the spirit of the pre K-Scope albums. Yet, at the same time, the music is certainly not to be viewed as a step back into the past. It is as if both worlds have collided and this masterpiece has been created.

'All the Wars' is a deeply meaningful album and despite the occasional full on musical assault to the senses both the music and lyrics are actually quite delicate and incredibly heartfelt and sensitive. In a strange and perverse kind of way it does seem to come across as an act of penance. It is not a concept album as such but rather an album that should be listened to as a whole.

The art form Bruce has created and adopted here is, to me at least, a totally unique strand of rock music. By that I am trying to say that it has not gone into a world of it's own. It is not anthemic and neither are their any displays of needless virtuoso.
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Saw these guys play live in Manchester at Sound Control last week and was blown away by their energy and talent. Having most of their previous records i was looking forward to hear this latest one and was not disappointed! The full-on studio treatment seems to suit their sound well and they still deliver an emotionally driven roller-coaster of raw power. Love it!
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I was debating how best to rate this album, but settled on five because I cannot understand how such a beautiful record like this is so underrated!

I'd never heard of this band before, which surprises me because I'm constantly looking for new music and a band of this calibre is right up my street! I saw it advertised online recently, and my first thought after reading a couple of reviews was that this was just another British band toying with "epic" songwriting. Then...I bought a copy of ClassicRock, and on the CD it featured the title track, and I simply loved it! It reminded me so much of one of my favourite bands, Khoma, a Swedish rock band who, like this band, have never had the recognition they deserve.

So I bought the album at a local record store, and with every play its has simply got better and better! A bit of research led me to understand that this accomplished album is the ninth, and that The Pineapple Thief have been together since 1999. How are they not massive? This is one of the finest British rock albums of recentl years! Muse, Elbow, Porcupine Tree, Fightstar, Biffy Clyro...all these bands deservedly hit the big time. Based on this album alone, this group should have as well!

Sounding like the perfect bridge between the older Muse sound mixed with some elements of Porcupine Tree, this album has a beautiful, relaxing vibe. Not shying away from heavier moments, this is still one of the most pleasant musical experiences I have had all year!

I simply cannot find the words to describe this album, but beautiful is the finest word that comes to mind! Someone Pull Me Out sound like Beggars era Thrice, which is a treat to my ears.
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