Release Date: January 22, 2016
Since 1999 Bruce Soord has been best known as the man behind progressive powerhouse The Pineapple Thief. This, his first solo album, was recorded over the summer of 2015 and features Soord on all of the writing and instrumentation, with the exception of some additional guitar work from Darran Charles (Godsticks).
This is a great 2 AM album to be honest. I was listening to it at about that time the other day and it became particularly meditative. While there isn’t anything at all here that I don’t enjoy, a few songs stand out.
“The Odds” is a lot more upbeat and outgoing than the other tunes. It’s got a funky guitar lick that makes you want to bob your head and groove along. “Black Smoke,” which opens the album, starts everything off with a single, repetitive piano lead that reminds me (in a good way) of Bette Midler’s somber classic “The Rose.” Don’t get me wrong, Soord hasn’t gone all Bette Midler on us, but it’s got that same sort of feel in my opinion. The mostly acoustic “Field Day Part 1” is truly moving and more progressive musically than some of the other tracks. “Field Day Part 2” closes it out with a more fluid guitar arrangement and a whining guitar lead in the background that creates a very, very stirring atmosphere.
For the most part, this album is slow to mid-tempo, introspective tunes performed, at least partly, acoustically. If you are a fan of The Pineapple Thief then you won’t find anything here particularly surprising. It’s not quite as grandiose or progressive but it certainly has much the same feel. I like that Soord stays in the vein you’d expect to hear, but ventures out just enough here and there to keep this album from getting lumped in with his other moniker’s works.
Reviewed by mark1340