The Sights – Left Over Right (HRM Records)

Left Over Right is The Sights’ fifth album since they burst onto the Detroit scene in the late-’90s as teens, and their second since going on hiatus in the back-half of the 2000s. Since returning to action, lead singer and only original member left, Eddie Baranek, has toned down some of the garage rock bashing of their raucous early years, and focused on development as a songwriter and singer (his soulful voice compares favorably with Steve Marriot). Left Over Right is a testament to Baranek’s maturation, with he and The Sights’ current five-man line-up sweetening their songs with Beatles-y touches like harmonies, intricate arrangements and thickly layered instrumentation that makes the most out of Jim Diamond’s production skills. The brilliant garage rock producer (White Stripes, The Ponys, The Dirtbombs…etc.) allows the band go the extra mile, making the studio as big a part of The Sights’ sound as anything else. Everything that the album has to offer comes together magically on lead single “Fool (I Can’t Stop Making Out With You)”, a catchy strut of a song that recalls their early swagger but with horns, organs and harmonica making it a large-scale production. Elsewhere, they make a good case to be this millennium’s Badfinger (minus all the death and depression) on “Bad Man” and “Anything To Anyone”, and figure out a way to add gospel flourishes to high-energy rock on “Not As Pretty”. The only song they fall flat on is “You Are The Sunshine”, a cloying attempt at cutesy ’60s balladry that even The Monkees might have dismissed as too fluffy. Cast that track aside and Left Over Right is the perfect album to give the person in your life who complains that they don’t make bands like they used to anymore.


1. Left Over Right

2. Fool (I Can’t Stop Making Out With You)

3. Prayer

4. Mercy

5. Bad Man

6. Anything To Anyone

7. You Are The Sunshine

8. Not As Pretty

9. Could Not Call It Love

10. Easy Living

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