Music Reviews

The Sights

Got What We Want

Fall of Rome

The Sights are a foursome of twenty-something guys from Detroit. But just because they’re from the Motor City, don’t assume they sound anything like The White Stripes, because, let me tell you, they don’t. While the Stripes pay homage to their old blues influences (e.g. Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Robert Johnson), and, as of late, have come off as pretentious, the Sights are full of nothing but humble fun. Their sophomore album, Got What We Want, is a collection of 11 songs, awash with the pop sensibilities of the ’60s, and a bit of blues and psychedelia thrown in for good measure.

Due to the famously foam-at-the-mouth British rags, the Sights are big in the UK but have yet to break at home in the States. After their debut album, Are You Green?, was released in 1999, the trio transformed into a four-piece and became one of the most whispered about bands in Detroit. With Got What We Want, the Sights have got the goodtimey-rock sound down, and when you listen to the record, you can’t help but feel a little bit happier than before. It’s an album full of innocence, taking you back to a more fortunate time when people drank soda at the local diner.

Lead single “Don’t Want You Back” is chock full of Beach Boys harmonies, and the hand-clapping “It Would Be Nice (To Have You Around)” must be a helluva catchy tune live. “Sorry Revisited” is an ode to space rock, while album-closer “Nobody,” with its pulsing bass and soulful vocals, completely breaks away from the sound of the other tracks. Though most of Got What We Want’s lyrics are not particularly original and the song subjects are pretty cliché, the Sights have managed to put out a record that’s thoroughly enjoyable.

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