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The Pineapple Thief

Live at RoSfest, April, 2006

Review by Josh Turner

I never questioned The Pineapple Thief's progressiveness until I saw them live. In a concert setting, it's not an easy matter to leave or tune out the music. Instead, you're literally all ears to what is going on for its duration. I enjoyed their latest album, 10 Stories Down, but always listened to it while I was multi-tasking between other distractions. During their set, it became apparent they are more closely aligned with the alternative genre than its progressive counterpart. They performed alright, but they were chronically monotonous and weary. I did enjoy "Wretched Soul," but in general, every song seemed a bit repetitive. In their defense, their material gets better with every album. Instead of focusing on the present, they tried to give their entire discography equal attention. That may have been their downfall. This is a great band for the airwaves, though I'm not sure they were ideal for the festival. Some people want to see all the music that's offered and they cannot miss a minute. For others, it is a drag to sit through everything. Since it's difficult making the first show of the day, it would have been wise for promoters to switch them with Magic Pie. Fortunately, I didn't miss much of their forbearer since they started late. In spite of this, it would have been nice to sleep in and as an alternative, suck on the residual rind of Pineapple Thief.

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