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Here Comes the Zoo

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Hands on the Bible
Son of "Cha"!
Fifth Ave. Crazy
(Baby Wants To) Tame Me
Rock and Roll Professionals
Keep Your Girlfriend
Creature Comforted
Bryn-Mawr Stomp
What Would You Have Me Do?
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 62:04

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More to Local H than just Bound For The Floor


If you like rock n roll you must download this. If you don't then then ERVIJ6568's momma should come to your house and slap you......man this is a good album. It amazes me how to the best stuff is ignored by mainstream radio. I used to play Keep Your Girlfriend and Bryn-Mawr Stomp alot at work and I shared an office with a guy who was a total dud and even he liked it! Why are you reading this? Get to rockin'!

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Go Local H


I Love Local H MY Mom got Me hooked on it! Thanks Mom

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Agree to Disagree


I love Local H. They were instrumental in my upbringing. However, besides "Hands on the Bible," "Baby Wants to Tame Me," and "What Would you have me do?" (which parallels the epic "Manifest Density, pt. 2" from As Good As Dead) I feel that the new album lacks the dark broodiness of Ham Fisted and the angst filled rocking power of As Good As Dead. Still worth downloading though.

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Get This Now!!!


The original two man band, they were doing it before it was cool. Scott Lucas, and Brian St.Claire have created a hard rocking 10 song masterpiece here, and unlike Sum 41 it is in fact all killer no filler. From track one to track 10, this album is one of my absolute favorites, and next to Pack Up The Cats, is probably Local H's best album. Plus as an added bonus you get a Josh Homme guest appearance on Rock and Roll Professionals, and the title comes from a line in Success by Iggy Pop. Here comes the zoo, indeed.

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Released in 1998, Pack Up the Cats was supposed to be Local H’s breakthrough album, which would propel the band to fame and fortune (or at least a better touring van), but that sure wasn’t how things worked out. The merger of Polygram and Universal shortly after Pack Up the Cats was released drove a stake through the album before it could take off, and the bandmembers quickly found themselves stranded and without a label, which led drummer Joe Daniels to quit the group — no small thing for a two-man band. The fact that Local H survived at all to make Here Comes the Zoo is no small accomplishment, but the album suggests guitarist/bassist/vocalist/songwriter Scott Lucas is still trying to win back the momentum he lost after the debacle of 1999. New drummer Brian St. Clair has both the muscle and the chops that these songs need, but his slightly heavier and busier style does give Local H a different sound than when Daniels was timekeeper and, just as importantly, Lucas seems to be pushing Local H in a new direction that doesn’t always seem to fit. Lucas’ fondness for Cheap Trick rises to the surface on “Half-Life” and “(Baby Wants To) Tame Me” but, while both boast strong melodies, they’re not as exciting as his more straightforward hard rockers, and the mid-tempo “Keep Your Girlfriend” sounds like the least essential song Lucas has cut since Ham Fisted (and while Jerry Only from the Misfits plays on it, you’d never guess to listen to it). Also, the songs on Here Comes the Zoo lack the thematic unity that added so much strength to As Good as Dead and Pack Up the Cats, giving the album a more scattershot feel (though the closer, “What Would You Have Me Do?,” is an interesting and mostly successful attempt to tie the album’s melodic and lyrical themes together into a big finish). But the best moments on Here Comes the Zoo leave no doubt that Scott Lucas still has plenty to say and good ways to say it — “Hands on the Bible,” “Creature Comforted,” and “Son of ‘Cha!’” are powerful studies of Midwestern angst, and “Rock & Roll Professionals” is a hard-rockin’ and very funny attack on would-be arena rockers. Here Comes the Zoo is a good album that, coming after two great albums from Local H, sounds like a bit of a disappointment, but it also makes clear that Scott Lucas is still one of the most interesting and distinctive talents in American hard rock, and it’s good to see he hasn’t thrown in the towel. – Mark Deming

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