The title says it all. I Am Not Afraid . . . is a frontal assault that uses practically every weapon in the rock canon, from the disc-opening 10-minute gut shot of vintage axe-on-fire Kaplan ("Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind") to piano-and-horn-blast summer-soul pop ("Beanbag Chair," "Mr. Tough"), tribal-beat organ rave-up ("The Room Got Heavy"), late-night lament ("I Feel Like Going Home"), Byrds jangle ("The Race Is On Again"), and punk dust-up ("Watch Out for Me Ronnie"). When the album closes with another 10-minute controlled burn -- the fittingly titled "The Story of Yo La Tengo" -- you'll queue up smiling for another ass-whuppin' this good.