Heavily themed with references to parenthood (“First Breath, Last Breath” and others), anti-materialism (“Gold Jack Green Jacket…”), generational woes and the ever present Senses Fail anger and frustration, Light is equal parts sweet and sour. It’s punk like a fine wine.
Buddy Nielsen’s lyrics now serve to preserve the tightrope between the angst of adolescence and the further evolved, self-realized artist. From the chorus of the album’s lead, “Double Cross”, it’s clear that Light is a record of growth, where the ever rotating line up of Senses Fail, helmed by an underrated and prolific songwriter in Nielsen, proves that their seventh full length may be their most important.
There are tributes to youth alongside manifestos mocking misguided pursuits of happiness. There are intensely personal journal entries to Nielsen’s newborn daughter nested next to laments of irregular life paths. As transparent as SF has been on past records, Light is a new dawn. Lyrical content that once railed against an absentee father and lost loves now ventures into new life, new breath and new hope for the band’s storytelling structure. The title “Stay What You Are” will instantly stand out to anyone who fell in love with the New Jersey basement scene circa 2003 while “Is It Gonna Be the Year” fast forwards to Nielsen’s insecurities of overstaying his welcome. If nothing else, Light once again cements Senses Fail not only as scene legends but as mature punks pushing forward into a fresh and progressive era.
If There Is Light, It Will Find You
Start with: “Is It Gonna Be the Year?”, “Stay What You Are” and “Elevator to the Gallows”
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