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Variations on a Dream


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The Pineapple Thief was formed by Bruce Soord, in 1999. Initially a solo studio project, the band has grown into a globally gigging outfit, with 7 albums under their belt and an ever increasing army of fans throughout the world. The band name is derived from an obscure American film called Eve’s Bayou, in which there is a scene where a young girl steals a pineapple (Scene 29 on the DVD ... Read more in Amazon's Pineapple Thief Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B005LZLFVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We Subside
2. This Will Remain Unspoken
3. Vapour Trails
4. Run Me Through
5. The Bitter Pill
6. Resident Alien
7. Sooner or Later
8. Part Zero
9. Keep Dreaming
10. Remember Us
Disc: 2
1. Monday 21st [*]
2. Tuesday 22nd [*]
3. Wednesday 23rd [*]
4. Thursday 24th [*]
5. Friday 25th [*]
6. Saturday 27th, Pt. 1 [*]
7. Saturday 27th, Pt. 2 [*]
8. Sunday 27th, Pt. 1 [*]
9. Sunday 27th, Pt. 2 [*]

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Watson on January 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Variations of a Dream is the ESSENTIAL Thief CD to own. What makes it so unbelievable was that it was recorded in Bruce Soords Living room. The production is perfect. Moody heartfelt vocals,touching lyrics and great musicianship from start to finish. Best track has to be Part Zero. A lovely acoustic intro that bombasts into an almighty electric climax. Great to see it is a mainstay of his live set-list. Run me through has a great rhythmic beat throughout.Other standout tracks are Subside,Vapour Trails,Unspoken and the 16 min. epic Remember us.Pineapple Thief would be the obvious choice as support to Porcupine Tree and Bruce agrees, but for the similarities in names, Steve Wilson thought these guys were taking the mickey.I believe that this double bill will eventually take place as if you are a Pineapple Thief fan, you will like the Tree as well. Common sense prevails here, and the only way that the Thief will get higher exposure and respect is this way. Currently, the only gigs that the Thief do are Prog Rock festivals yet they are not essentially a Prog Band. God, I wish them well-This CD will otherwise remain an UNSPOKEN classic and SUBSIDE
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eugenius Dobson on June 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Pineapple Thief are generally labeled as a "progressive" rock band, although this label is commonly misconstrued as meaning, "sounds like old Genesis, E. L. P. and YES music." I think many people forget that Pink Floyd were labeled a progressive rock band, and yet they sound nothing like Genesis, E. L. P. or YES. The progressive rock tag was actually meant to imply that the band were not just writing simple three minute tunes about something mundane like the most trivial aspect of a boy meets girl relationship. Being Progressive meant literally to progress song structured concepts, musically and/or lyrically, into something with perhaps more depth and meaning. Sometimes this simply meant that there were more layers to the music, or more meaning behind the lyrics, so that even if the song did happen to be about a boy meets girl relationship, there would be more exploration into something like the psychological aspects of that relationship rather than just how they want to kiss each other and/or bed each other down for the night. Progressive also meant that the music itself was presented in a different way, sometimes taking the full spectrum of what is out there musically and molding that extensive range of sound, shape and colour into something unique. With this in mind you could easily say that The Beatles did their share of progressive rock music (think Tomorrow Never Knows. Eleanor Rigby and all of Sgt. Peppers to name just a few things). Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree seems reluctant to label his band as progressive, but again I think he sees the tag having that same old archaic reference to Genesis and YES.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher on October 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is a real find. It's beautifully crafted and really well played. The arrangements sometimes border on the classical (with a bit of Mike Oldfield thrown in) and with vocals that are reminiscent of Thom Yorke (Radiohead) or even Smashing Pumpkins. It's an album that I find I'm playing again and again. This is well worth taking a chance on - it's a really delightful listen and has made me want to explore what else this excellent band has to offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus Wert on December 2, 2011
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As the other reviews have already stated, this is an outstanding album of music that is often reminiscent of early Radiohead. One of Bruce Soord's favorite compositional techniques is to set up a simple riff or verbal phrase and slowly let it unfold into various permutations. Depending on your listening temperament, his songs can either be maddeningly long and repetitious or seductively beautiful. I fall into the latter camp, and it might be because I enjoy the music of Philip Glass, Arvo Part, and Steve Reich - minimalist composers who write tonal pieces that rely upon a lot of repetition.

If you aren't sure about purchasing the whole album, try listening to "We Subside". If that piques your interest, then go for the instrumental "Resident Alien". It's too bad the best tracks, "Part Zero" and "Vapour Trails" aren't available for mp3 download.

The other reviews are all referring to an older edition of Variations On A Dream, so let me mention that the new one just released by KScope is a fantastic bargain. It is very attractively packaged with a special cardboard slipcase over the jewel box. I never owned the original edition, so I don't know if the artwork has been changed or how the mastering compares, but to my ears the sound is excellent. However, the real reason to purchase the KScope edition is the inclusion of Pineapple Thief's limited edition album, "Eight Days". Recorded over a period of 8 days (surprise), this collection proves that Soord works best under pressure. All of the songs are terrific, rivaling his best work. Getting a 2-disc set for the price of one is a real steal.

KScope deserves kudos for rereleasing these out-of-print and hard-to-find Pineapple Thief cds.
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