OBNOX: Boogalou Reed: LP

Obnox is not my speed, but I get the appeal of this. This is a loud album of blues rock-inspired riffs, turned out with occasional hip hop beats and a bit of shoegazer intervals to make the vocals sound otherworldly. I had heard about this band before and figured it was something I wouldn’t like. And while I don’t particularly like it, it’s very well done. The album plays like a machine. There’s something electrically special about it. I don’t know what previous output sounds like, but I would bet if you like that, this is something you’d like. The song title “Too Punk Shakur” gets credit for being actually funny in a way I don’t like. Just live with that sentence.

 –Billups Allen (12XU)