While I’ve always had my doubts about Nothing’s Shocking, I really liked the follow-up, 1990’s Ritual De Lo Habitual, which is where I think they really let their freak flag fly.
Or maybe I was just more ready for them.
Either way, Ritual split its time between funky hard rock and hazy psychedelic epics, and right in the middle of the two was my favorite track, the trancey spacey near-reggae “Obvious.”
Fading in like it had always been out there in the ether and they had somehow captured it on tape, “Obvious” is full of rhythmic piano, ever skyrocketing guitar and, of course, Perry Farrell’s multi-tracked, echoplexed wails.
Besides that, I never really cared what he was singing about, I know that somebody is digging something up and I know that something or other is obvious, but “Obvious” is really one of those songs that I just like to let wash over me, enjoying how it layers guitars upon vocals upon guitars upon vocals until it approaches infinity.
And that’s about a minute in.
And then it goes on from there, always cramming more and more and more until it finally falls apart at the end underneath the weight of so many overdubs.
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