The Pineapple Thief – Versions of the Truth

The Pineapple Thief have been on a slowly evolving journey from neo-prog into pop driven experimental rock, and their evolution continues with their 2020 release “Versions of the Truth.” The band has been led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and now is reinforced by drummer extraordinaire Gavin Harrison (formerly with Porcupine Tree). The album creates a conceptual progression from their prior album Dissolution and is a contemplation on our 'post truth' world, with lyrics that tackles a more personal reflection on how there can be more than one 'version of the truth', and further reflect on the impact it can have on our lives and the people that we love.

Rounding out the Pineapple Thief is bassist Jon Sykes and keyboard player Steve Kitch. Recording started at Bourne Place in London and Soord Studios out in Yeovil with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison, with mastering by Steve Kitch. For high resolution audio enthusiasts, the album was released in a few different editions, including: A number of Vinyl versions, bundled and unbundled in either clear or black vinyl; standalone CD edition, and of course of most interest to surround sound fans the standalone or bundled Blu-ray editions featuring the album and bonus material in 96kHz / 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound mix and 96kHz / 24-bit hi-res stereo audio plus the music video for Demons. There is also a deluxe edition with 2 CDs, the first containing the album and the second containing bonus music including new album session track The Swell and 7 alternative mixes, plus both a DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Band leader, musician and audio engineer Bruce Soord has taken the band's already nuanced and layered sound to a more expansive and immersive soundscape. Each track is carefully crafted to showcase a wide range of dynamics, from subtle mellowness to the swelling crescendos that are signature to the band’s style.

The title track "Versions of the Truth" begins with an engulfing ambiance that feels as though it's wrapping around the listener, creating a sense of intimacy that is both engaging and disarming. The separation of instruments and vocals is meticulous, allowing each element to shine without overshadowing others. This clarity and depth make it possible to appreciate the intricate details of each composition, from the gentle brush of a drum to the urgent strum of a guitar.

Songs like "Break it All" and "Demons" transform one’s listening experience in the 5.1 surround realm. Soord uses the back channels effectively, with echoes and synths that seem to bounce across the soundscape, while Demons places the listener in the center of a swirling cyclone of sound, showcasing the emotional intensity of the song.

It is difficult to hold back on gushing comments about the sound quality, which is simply off the charts in the audiophile zone. There is amazing clarity in the mixes, along with fantastic separation, and perfect balance. Over the past few releases, Pineapple Thief has struck a chord that is pure music to the ear, and Versions of the Truth continues on that path.

Absolutely recommended for fans of The Pineapple Thief, surround sound enthusiasts, and neo-prog collectors. I would even go as far as to say that the Blu-ray edition of Versions of the Truth is essential to fully appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of the band as the immersive audio experience brings out the subtleties and complexities of their music in a way that is profoundly impactful.

Release September 11, 2020.

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Blu-ray 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround and 2.0 stereo.  Also available bundled or standalone on CD and Vinyl and via streaming .

 

 

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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.

 

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