Published Nov 22, 200910. Obits I Blame You (Sub Pop)
Rick Froberg's bold mission for musical refinement is fully realized on this subtly sharp debut by Obits. The Drive Like Jehu co-founder might be renowned for writing long-form, prog-punk abstractions but, with each new venture, his songs are pointedly trim and taut. While Hot Snakes featured some smaller-scale, roaring, riff-pop, structurally Obits really get to the heart and essence of high energy, blues-rock. The genius of I Blame You, which some fans have missed, really stems from its detailed lyricism, the intricate guitar dynamics between Froberg and Sohrab Habibion, and the impassioned roar of the complete package.