Eschewing mere numerical amp settings for "Live at Leeds" volume, the boys crank through 12 soulful, chunky rockers that'd make Chris Robinson piss his 28-inch waist drawers in envy. Referential but never smug, the Yayhoos even give Old Bocephus what for on "Monkey with a Gun," an anti-tribute to gun-wielding Dixie embarrassment Hank Jr.: "Well he fell off of that mountain, and he never was the same, somewhere in Colorado, sits a chunk of Junior's brain," Then there's "Baby I Love You," an old-timey, tavern-style country ballad where Amble croons to his darling: "Baby, I love you, but leave me the fuck alone." And if that doesn't grab you, the record is worth buying just for Baird's fine-ass vocal stylings on ABBA's "Dancing Queen." Benny and Bjrn would be proud.
Fear Not the Obvious is the kind of record that makes you feel like you could chew up nails and spit tacks, drink more than the guy taking up the next bar stool and then pick up his girlfriend for the evening. And heck, isn't that what rock is all about?