Here Come the Zoo
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Local H first struck during the post-grunge tide of the mid-'90s, and critics often boxed the band's early albums in with the sea of other Nirvana-worshipping artists. With Here Comes the Zoo, though, the Illinois duo sounds less like some wannabe Northwest outfit and more akin to Southern California stoner rock, with a classic rock kick. The psychedelic, sludgy riffs, thudding bass lines, and pressing heaviness to songs like "(Baby) Wants to Tame Me," "Half-Life," "What Would You Have Me Do?" and "Rock 'n' Roll Professionals" (featuring Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age), make Local H sound like a poppier version of bands like QOTSA, Fu Manchu, and Nebula. The harder metal edge and spacy instrumental passages work well on the album, but the band still seem to be struggling between taking the leap of faith to join their more experimental stoner-rock contemporaries and playing less interesting, radio-ready hard-rock songs (like "Hands on the Bible" and "Keep Your Girlfriend"). Hopefully Local H will side with the former, as the album's tripped-out, feedback-heavy ending shows these boys do have some Pink Floyd influences after all, and it'd be a shame to let them go to waste. --Jennifer Maerz
Top Customer Reviews
1. Hands On The Bible - 5/5 - starts slow, ends hard. Satirically smart from start to finish. One of two radio hits; the second single behind ï¿½Half-Lifeï¿½. A perfect start to the CD. Eighth favorite.
2. Half-Life - 5/5 - two of two radio hits; the first single. This one rocks the whole time and features Wes Kidd on guitar (formerly of Triplefastaction, St. Clairï¿½s band). Fourth favorite.
3. Son Of ï¿½Cha!ï¿½ - 5/5 - again, take note of Brianï¿½s drumming here. His drum solo partway into the song is incredible and awe-inspiring. No other Local H song sounds like this: quick and almost drum-fronted. Third favorite.
4. 5th Ave. Crazy - 5/5 - another fast-paced rocker. Shanna Kielï¿½s (of Sullen) shouts of ï¿½...donï¿½t slow down cause red means goï¿½ are breathtaking.Read more ›
In ranking my favorite CDs, Here Comes The Zoo ranks second only behind Nirvana's In Utero. It's that good. So don't miss out, just buy it. You won't regret it.
First issue I want to address: Brian is no Joe. Not by a long shot. Instead Brian brings his own brand of rock hard thumping to Scott's increasing diversity. One thing that really comes through on Here Comes The Zoo is the distinctiveness of the song writing. No longer mired down being reffered to as a "Nirvana-clone"(I never really thought they were but I heard some Nirvana influences), Scott really carves out his own rock and roll niche here. The songs on here(kinda like Pack Up The Cats) reflect a taste for grunge with a smattering of 70's classic rock bands like Cheap Trick, Pink Floyd and Led(ugh)Zeplin. There are even some songs that aren't full bombast and have great pop hooks or a spacey feel to them. The cast 10 tracks on here are well rounded in diversity so the album stays interesting in 50 some minute glory.
In the days of POD, TRUSTcompany, and countless other worthless "rock" bands, Local H is king. Grunge may be dead, but at least Local H can keep rock alive. It was worth the 4 year wait to hear this.
Most recent customer reviews
This CD rocks!!!! Local H is back in a BIG way and I'm so glad. I saw them open for STP years ago and I feel like they're back and sounding better than ever. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by BRIAN ANDERSON
Wow, now this is an amazing piece of work. Best album I heard in a long time!Published on Nov. 27 2003
Scott has crafted an all time rock masterpiece with this album. After the release of pack up the cats, I laughed at the thought of Local H putting out good music ever again(hey,... Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by Amazon Customer
You can tell that Scott Lucas found inspiration in the life and music of Kurt Cobain, but that is in no way saying Local H is a rip off of Nirvana. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Stephen Fink
I was worried. When I heard that drummer and founding member Joe Daniels was gone from the band, I expected the Lucas to record an album that was rudderless and unfocused. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by Brent Figiel
Local H is a band that is hard to pigeonhole. Everyone calls them "stoner rock", though I feel other bands like Fu Manchu are truer to that genre...if it even exists. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Tom
Anyone else noticing a trend in the reviews? Five stars, five stars, four stars, four stars. "Buy this album! Its the greatest!" Hmm... Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by DuDeMaN
I admit it, I was one of the guys who said "oh they were the copacetic guys?". I was saying that when I was following Injected's early progress, before Injected's album came out... Read morePublished on May 8 2002