“Sunshine is finally mine/Everything’s going to be okay.” Sounds like Shirley Temple optimism, right? Blinders on. Denial in full effect. But Sight of All Light is a different enchilada altogether. Intense pop tunes played through clenched teeth. Trying to convince yourself that it’s all good but knowing otherwise. These songs are heavy and dark. They feel like that The Safes are venting and purging. Sight of All Light captures the same tone that’s come into my head every time I’ve thought about national politics in the last eight years, only with guitars. I hope the Safes come back to the pop side on their next record, but this is a really good departure.
–Mike Faloon (O’Brothers, www.thesafes.com)