Performing for over two decades, The Pineapple Thief are a band that are no strangers to long form music. The British quartet have taken a mellow approach to churning out indie style progressive rock music.
‘Versions Of The Truth’ is studio album number thirteen for The Pineapple Thief, and unfortunately show signs that the band’s music might be suffering with time.
The record opens with its title-track, a slow and melancholy number. Set to a very steady guitar riff, there’s an occasional change in tempo led by a heavier drum beat, but overall the song remains a bit drab throughout. The inclusion of a wooden block or chime instrument in the middle of the track gives the music a brief unique moment of intrigue, but this is fleeting.
Indeed, ‘Versions Of The Truth’ is an album which, for the most part, remains subtle in its instrumentation, choosing to focus on key lyrics to break through. ‘Too Many Voices’ is one such song that has a simple but strong chorus line that is presented in a solemn and calm way. As the shortest song on the record, this moment of serenity would feel like a powerful midpoint to the record if the rest of it didn’t feel so lifeless.
Progressive rock relies on a sense of purpose and drama to keep lengthy tracks interesting throughout long albums. One of the few entries on this record that has a shadow of anything dramatic is ‘Demons’ in which the lyrics feel powerful, yet get repetitive with no elevation in tone. In fact, the song actually reduces its energy as it goes on. ‘Leave Me Be’ is another example of The Pineapple Thief using repetitive chorus structure in their music, however, in this song they raise the energy throughout with bigger guitar riffs and a heavier drum beat to give the same line a sense of increasing importance.
Monotonal, ‘Versions Of The Truth’ is an album of progressive rock that doesn’t feel like it progresses in any way. It’s well recorded and contains a deep sadness to it, which at its core is somewhat intriguing, but The Pineapple Thief rely too much on few and far between powerful lyrics to carry a heavy album.
Song after song of depressingly dull music that offers no real relief in any form throughout, ‘Versions Of The Truth’ is music that lacks purpose.