All This Will Be Yours by Bruce SoordRelease date: October 25, 2019
You can probably picture taking Bruce Soord out of The Pineapple Thief, but can you take The Pineapple Thief out of Bruce Soord? After his self-titled debut album in 2015 Bruce Soord released another solo album on 25th October, 2019 named All This Will Be Yours. While the debut album was an emotionally fixating experience, musically the shadows of The Pineapple Thief loomed. In this album however the multi-instrumentalist has challenged himself and his endeavour to cut through his stereotypical shades has conjured rightfully.
The second of his solo productions, this album transpired between sentiments of fathering his new born and the minute observations of his neighbourhood. With Soord making an album those hard-hitting lyrics that imprison you into a capsule of introspection is inevitable. The narrative quality just like the earlier album illustrates emotional fluctuations vividly, emoting the charisma of his hometown, Yeovil, that is ebbing away and the way it will impact his child’s future.
The ubiquitous element of Soord being so acoustic is quite rife throughout the album, but there is also a very welcoming inclusion in the sound craft that brings about a depth of individuality. Soord experiments with some electronic elements in this album married with samples that he has recorded from around his neighbourhood.
The curtain raiser track ‘The Secrets I Know’ is like a prologue to the album. The brooding vocal and the mellow attitude settle your ears on a ground of familiarity with the Soord signature. Punctuation of samples like that of the cacophony of children, the chirping of birds or the sirens, frame temporal relations. The abrupt resolution of the first track and the rapidity with which the second track ‘Our Gravest Threat Apart’ is aligned, almost sound as if they were correlated. Pulsating groove of the bass commanding attention and the phrasing that sound so physical makes this a cleverly crafted uptempo prog track.
The other track that creates an atmosphere of a light head banger is ‘One Misstep’, which is a simple interplay of the usual octave changing chorus on major chords and the delicateness on the drums. However, the musical approach is slightly hindered in the semi-autobiographical track ‘The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man’ when Soord imposes a shadow of the hackneyed chorus he also does in The Pineapple Thief. That apart it is a safe sail. The rich progressive rock textures with mood-driven riffs and the layered melodies are opulent in one of the track which is named ‘You Hear The Voice’. Soord lays down his spectrum of musicianship and his endeavour to create an edge as an out and out solo composer is established. The design of this track with the use of thunderous electronic elements melds well and takes its place for being a number one for me.
Soord’s influence of the 90s reflects on the track ‘Cut The Flowers’. Boasting a faint hint of Duran Duran, its groovy beats, fitting riff and a declaratory on and off slide satisfies a progger’s aural senses. This album was moulded in the Soord Studio at Somerset. The mixing engineer sometimes had his new born child with him during his recording sessions, and the impact of her presence is felt in the finale track ‘One Day I Will Leave You’. The rugged acoustic element engulfed in those moaning words can suspend anyone in that frightful moment of confronting departure.
In short, Soord mesmerises his listeners with his reverberant vocals and his prodigal compositions skills, with a conscious effort to peel off the probable cliché he is prone to be associated with. This emotionally charging album is a dive into a rumination of life and losses intertwined with the simple yet spiffing musical structures. Soord will be heard live in the Prognosis festival in March and in one of his first solo headline shows in Netherlands early next year. Soord is also to release Hold Our Fire, a live recording of The Pineapple Thief European tour this November, and will be seen touring with the band for the first time in North America later this year.
So coming back to the question, can you take The Pineapple Thief out of Bruce Soord? Hear it for yourself and you will know that you can.