By the time 4 Him made Obvious in 1998, they were pretty much set in their ways, but instead of getting complacent, the group was refining their sound and getting better. So while there are no real surprises on Obvious, the band's craftsmanship has increased. That means the record isn't as immediate or fresh as their early recordings, but the sturdy songs and performances make it worth repeated listens.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine