Boomkat Product Review:
Although Sightings roots are in extreme noise, 'Through the Panama', the sixth album for the band could easily be mistaken for a pop album. Well, pop as seen through the eyes of the Brooklyn No-Wave elite, but pop no less, albeit with a noisy sentiment which gives away their early influences. Lyrics and dare I say it beats replace the swathes of distortion in their previous records and we are drawn into a world of cynical exchange and devilish sentiment. This is a No-Wave record in the best possible tradition, picking up the best parts of the early 80s New York movement - electronics, irony, sleaze and leaving the rest injecting it with something impassioned, something new. What's left is a shockingly enjoyable album, a selection of subversive songs from a band who really should be a lot bigger than they are. Leave it to Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label to pick the record up for a re-release (the CD version is on Load). Recommended.