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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is the H's heaviest album yet. Much different that Pack up the Cats or Good as dead but stick to ya the same wayPublished on May 24 2002
Holy cow. I was blown away. I didn't know much about these guys and heard a few of their songs on the radio, so took the chance on this album. A TRUE gem. Read morePublished on April 10 2000
Call yourself a rock fan? You had better have this gem in your collection. Check it out above and then put it in your shopping cart and buy it. You won't be disappointed. Read morePublished on July 23 1999 by RICH BISHOP
local h's first cd is by no way short of the quality of pack up the cats or as good as dead. the best song by no doubt is manipulator. Read morePublished on May 23 1999