The Dawn Raids # 2 (CDS)
Building on the momentum of their popular latest album Tightly Unwound and recent tours The Pineapple Thief recently released two EP albums consisting of material that was left from the Dawn Raid sessions, referring to the album's original working title. Band leader Bruce Soord had a couple of little gems lined up for the two mini albums but was advised by his new record company K-Scope to save these for the release of the next compilation and studio albums. The tracklist of these EPs was therefore changed around a few times and also include two tracks (Too Far Gone and Second Chance) that previously were only available as digital (paid) downloads. So far for exclusiveness; as many prog fans have learned there's an expiry date to exclusiveness ... Both EPs start with a version of the recent album's (almost) title track. The Dawn Edit of Tightly Wound might well be the least interesting track on the two EPs since it hardly differs from the album version; it's basically the same thing with the intro removed. The acoustic version is much better and I personally like the way the aggression and frustration of the original has been worked into a much more melodramatic feel for this rendition. It's a shame that instead of the Dawn Edit the band did not decide to include the existing acoustic version of Shoot First on the first EP.
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