Rick Froberg’s resume reads like a wet dream… he was the vocalist in Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork. And he’s back now with Obits. Don’t ejaculate prematurely though because does “I Blame You” live up to the man’s legacy?
Well, when “Widow Of My Dreams” kicks in, things sound very Hot Snakes-y which of course isn’t a bad thing. It’s crispy garage rock with Froberg’s characteristic voice flourishing things up. “Pine On” is all jangly and shit and sounds great. And then we haven’t even reached “Run” yet, easily the album’s best song. The title track comes with a nice surf feel and doesn’t wash out and from there on Froberg keeps on going all the way up until “Back And Forth”. Unfortunately things don’t sound as intense as they did on Hot Snakes’ material but hey, “I Blame You” is a fun album nonetheless.