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Album Review

After several years of sporadic performances and a handful of tunes featured on obscure tribute albums and movie soundtracks, the Yayhoos have finally released a full-length album. Fear Not the Obvious is indeed a telling title for a collection of blue-collar rock tunes made up of the most basic (in fact almost trite) hooks, chords, and lyrics. The phony country of "Bottle and a Bible" is a complete waste of time, and the good-ole-boy swagger of "Hankerin'" is just embarrassing. But the songs saving Fear Not the Obvious from the bargain bins are many. Eric Ambel's crackling guitar riff makes "Monkey With a Gun" a surefire roadhouse rave-up, the high-octane Keith Richards riffing on "I Can Give You Everything" is as dead-on as the Neil Young-ish drop-D tuning meets the Faces sound of "Cryin' Out Loud." Perhaps the most fun though is the country-rock reading of ABBA's "Dancing Queen," which works surprisingly well and highlights that song's addictive melody.

Customer Reviews

Better late than never...

After seeing the movie Slither last night, and hearing "Baby I Love You" during the closing credits, I knew I had to find The Yayhoos and download them. This album is pretty darn cool!

Get it!

The best R @ R band nobody ever heard of, and just possibly the best band today. The Yayhoo's are not pretentious, trendy or fake. Honest Rock @ Roll. They're energy is sincere and infectious. Just buy the CD!! If you thought this was good, "Put the Hammer Down" soon to be released turms it up a notch......

Here's the meat...

This is one of the best surprises I've run across since my recent intro to itunes downloading. Very punchy, bouncy dead on rock n roll. Reminds me of Faces, AC/DC, & even Matthew Sweet. Thick juicy guitar. Lovin' it!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Made up of three singer/songwriters -- Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Eric Ambel (the Del Lords, Eric Ambel & Roscoe's Gang), Terry Anderson (Woods), and one secret weapon, Keith Christopher (Billy Joe Shaver) -- the Yayhoos set out to take over the world in 1995. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way. After a brief Southern tour with Drivin' N' Cryin' on which the band played a greatest-hits set, the boys wrote a batch of swaggering rock songs to shop around. In 1996, they toured Europe...
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