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Ham Fisted

Local H Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Feed
2. Cynic
3. Mayonnaise And Malaise
4. User
5. Manipulator
6. Bag Of Hammers
7. Scott-Rock
8. Sports Bar
9. Chicago Fanphair
10. Strict-9
11. Skid Marks
12. Grrrlfriend

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5.0 out of 5 stars Underated, Uncommon and Undeniable April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Words can't explain how I feel about this album. This is tied with Siamese Dream as my favorite album. But Ham Fisted is meatier and more muscular. I think they're underated because people seem to write them off as minions of Nirvana. Yes they get their influence from Nirvana but they have their own sound (completely their own). Feed starts it all of with a bombast of drums and yells. Scott really let's all his emotion out on this one. Cynic starts to get the vibe more refined, (but the guitars are still throbbing). This song has alot of feed back which I like and lays it all out on the table for you to take or leave. Mayonnaise and Malaise is the reason I bought this album and was all I needed to hear. While all the guitars are blaring, the melody in this song coasts you up and down like a rollercoaster. The beginning drum rolls of User tells you that this song is going to rock the way it wants to, period...and it does. The drum beats though out are very very good. Manipulator is a strange one at first, but is still very much consistant with the rest of the album. It's a sly rocker and will grow on you after repeated listens. Bag of Hammers is another one Scott lets loose on. The melody on this on is unbeleivable! Scott Rock is a very sweet ballad with grungy guitars. Sports Bar is more introspective but rocks especially toward the end. Chicao Fanphair has the best melody in the whole album. I like the way he takes the chorus and rocks it towards the end while keeping the same melody, (the Smashing Pumpkins use that formula alot). You would think the intensity would wan by now but it doen't and the spiteful Strict-9 proves it. It's kind of slow but the guitars are still way solid. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best debut CDs available Jan. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
All 12 of the songs here are probably the 12 most underrated songs around. Local H's semi-popular release, As Good As Dead (thanks to "Bound For The Floor"), is what got this band going, but Ham Fisted stands as an excellent debut. Coming only years after Kurt Cobain's death and the fallout of Nirvana, many people were quick to label the H's music as 'grunge'. And if that label fits any of their CDs, it fits this one. But this 2-member group brings their own cynical, smart sound to the table. Although this release may not be as good as their next three, this is still an exceptional album. Besides, it's good to see a band progress in their career rather than regress. It's so sad to see good bands come out with great debuts and then disappear gradually with latter releases. Since you probably know nothing about these tracks, here's a short overview:
1. Feed -- This is a simplistic song, lyrically, yet it really gets you pumped for the rest of the CD. The line 'I don't need my ego fed / I just wanna feel I can trust' is repeated over and over. But it never becomes bothersome. Even though it doesn't rank in the top five on the album, it's acts as a delicious appetizer.
2. Cynic -- I think the title kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it? This track is a real change of pace from the first, and really shows the lyrical talents of Scott Lucas. It's a truly inspired song; and will easily become a favorite.
3. Mayonnaise And Malaise -- I suppose you could consider this one a single. The sound is more well-rounded than the previous two, which is probably why it stands out so much. This is my favorite song on the CD; and that also goes for a lot of other Local H fans.
4. User -- There's no question this is one of the coolest songs on Ham Fisted. It's also my second favorite.
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Local H is one of my favorite bands, but this album is not the reason why. Very few of the truly great bands in history had an earth-shattering debut and this group is no exception.
There is, however, signs that they would break out of that "just another grunge band" mold that they were so firmly in at this point. Songs like "Mayonnaise and Malaise", "Sports Bar" (which paints a picture of a period of life that is eerily close to what I'm up to lately), and my personal theme song, "Cynic", show that Local H is capable of being better than every grunge band whose name doesn't start with the letter "N" and end with "irvana".
Of course, the few strokes of greatness here could be considered a fluke... but time has shown otherwise, as Local H essentially grows into a stronger band with every album they make, moving away from the straight-up grunge sound they have here to a more epic and (dare I say) artsy approach to what is still, in the end, fun music that you can get drunk to and think about all while singing along (trust me, it is possible).
I'd look into their other works first (especially the amazing "Pack up the Cats") if I was new to Local H, but this album is certainly an interesting peek at the roots of their sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars got ham? April 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
I started listening to Local H with "as good as dead" cause I loved the grungy guitars. I got this cd on [line] and I loved it!!! My second favorite album by them! Since it's their first release, it's a bit under-produced (which makes it sound rough, but that's not a bad thing here.) and overall "untouched by fame" sound, y'know what I mean? It's like nirvana (and he actually sounds alot like kurt) without the pop-esque element ... That comes through a bit in "Pack up the cats". Overall "ham fisted" definately lives up to the rock in grunge/punk rock. Absolutely awesome, a must have for any rocker!
for me, the highlights are tracks 2 & 4 are awesome (especially with the screaming noises in the bridge) and the last track is also a very lyrically honest acoustic number.
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