8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 05 September 2013
Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu legend Rick Froberg’s latest outfit Obits have their third album out this week on Sub Pop. The quartet are ripping out some more of their loose-limbed bluesy post-punk rock’n’roll as you’d expect but this one seems a bit more upbeat and less urgent than the last offering, not really hitting its stride until fourth track ‘This Must Be Done’ with a stripped back stop-start arrangement letting Froberg’s vocals really come to the fore, although the track that follows it, ‘Pet Trust’, heads directly and unexpectedly into Cheap Trick territory with spindly-fingered riffing and a cheeky strutting ZZ Top-esque groove.
The double shot of ‘Operation Bikini’ and ‘Malpractice’ is another highlight with driving drums and vocals over scratchy, slightly surfy guitars. I think Obits really come into their own when RF’s hollerin’ gets a chance to take centre stage, which it gets more and more chance to do as the album progresses, making for a better side B than side A. Strange because with their previous album I always felt like side A was significantly stonger than side B. Are they trying to redress the balance? Anyway, once they hit their stride here they’re blazing and there’s enough good songs on here to keep the long-term fans happy.
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