`Dissolution` is the band`s twelfth studio album and follow up to 2015’s `Your Wilderness`.

The band have been categorised as a crossover prog come progressive rock band. Founder Bruce Soord started The Pineapple Thief as an outlet for his music back in 1999.
He revealed that the themes within Dissolution are “broadly speaking the title reflects the disintegration of relationships and the undoing of our social fabric. We’re living in a time when supposedly we are more connected than ever before, but, I personally am at my happiest when I unplug that connection.”

The album is opened quietly with `Not Naming Any Names` a short piece of just piano and vocal, a wonderfully ethereal understated introduction. Almost haunting. `Try As I Might` has an interesting churning guitar giving the impression of movement. It felt at times the band were keeping a lid on this offering in that it`s almost restrained. There is a cracking guitar break towards the end with some thumping drums. I really loved `Threatening War` with its questioning lyrics, it was a track that was at times quiet then took off at a pace. It seemed to have everything going on, wonderful guitar breaks, unnerving tinkling piano splashes, pounding drums and discreet vocals pitched just right.

A recent addition percussionist, drummer Gavin Harrison is more active within this album, it`s not surprising that `Uncovering Your Tracks` has a more tribal type drum beat, which runs all the way through, with the music layered around and the subtle vocals complimenting. We get a couple of rockier metal offerings with `All that You`ve Got` and the intricate `Far Below`, a couple of cuts that will have you nodding your head and tapping along to. `Pillar Of Salt` just a strummed guitar and vocal is almost the quiet before the storm of the penultimate eleven-minute opus of `White Mist` A song that sucks you in emotionally on its journey throughout this atmospheric and varied artistic composition. The final piece is a really understated arrangement called `Shed A Light`, moody and magnificent.

I have to say I really did enjoy this album, It had a real balance and beauty to it, very atmospheric throughout and also offered shedding guitar phases and stonking percussive beats to keep you from feeling it was becoming complacent. I also felt that it reflected a more collaborative approach from the band with Bruce Soord vocals guitar, Jon Sykes bass, Steve Kitch keyboards and Gavin Harrison drums all contributing to the one objective.

Rating 8.5 /10

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