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Local H Hallelujah! I’m a Bum CD Album Review

26 October 2012 13 Comments

By: A. Estes

Local H Hallelujah I'm A Bum Album CD Cover

It’s been many years since Local H’s supposed halcyon days, but just as the band’s biggest hit “Bound For The Floor” still echoes on radio stations across America, the two-some perseveres despite adversity and obscurity. Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s criminally under-rated “12 Angry Months,” finds frontman Scott Lucas angry again, though rather than lamenting the dissolution of a marriage, Local H’s mouthpiece has plenty of venom to spew at politicians and pundits in the current state of a country suffering its own overly long and painful dissolution.

The fact that Local H was birthed from the same place that our president began his political career doesn’t seem to be lost on Lucas; in fact, it seems to be the album’s main inspiration. While one wouldn’t put it past the crotchety frontman to be contrary simply for argument’s sake, the contrast of Obama’s hope to Local H’s hopelessness is amusing if not poignant. Rest assured though, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum will rock your socks off regardless. In a way, Local H is bridging the divide, both musically and politically.

Though no two Local H albums are alike, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is comparable to the band’s 2004 effort, Whatever Happened to PJ Soles? in that it finds the band splitting their sound wide-open, delivering dense layers of fuzz via a smorgasbord of music. Even if the concept of the album might not appeal to the average rocker, it can’t be denied that the 17 songs on deck deliver in true Local H fashion. Edgy, catchy and belligerent, Lucas and cohort Brian St. Clair (drums) deliver hit after hit that you aren’t likely to hear on the radio in any neck of the woods, yet mow over just about anything you’ll find on modern rock radio these days.

Like a warm fire on a cold day, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is likely to provide comfort for even the most jaded rock fan. Whether you’re burnt out on the redundancy of modern politics of simply sick of hearing the same musical garbage being recycled again and again, Local H’s seventh effort will provide a haven of warmth. Another testament to the fact that Local H deserve to be bigger than they are, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum delivers the goods for long-time fans and casual listeners alike. Whether you are red, blue or green, Local H’s rock-revolution is change you can believe in.

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13 Comments »

  • Woodrow said:

    Scott Lucas is the reason Local H is not at the next level. Another great CD!

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    I just saw them live and think their sound live is empty. Brian is a sick drummer but really they need a touring musician. The show is fine but something is missing. Good CD though. Bought it at the show and have listened at least 4 times.

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  • Sid said:

    Scott hasn’t put out a bad album under the Local H name. Here Comes The Zoo was so so but everything outside that has been pretty rad. I haven’t listened to this one yet but I’ve heard nothing but good things. When I mention Local H to my buddies they’ve forgotten and I have to tell them about the copacetic song and they’re like Yeah Those Guys.

    Too bad. Such talent. Scott was nice to me at merch the last 2 times. Maybe he’s decided to be less of a dick and entitled in his old age.

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  • Dennis said:

    I bought this on Amazon because it was cheap used – $2.00! Someone must have fudged their prices up. Great CD. Political crap aside this is killer. One of the best albums of the year but no one but 20 people will hear it.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Give credit where credit is due. Bought this online. Got it today. Listened to it twice. LOVE it. Great review.

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  • yatshu said:

    This is a good piece. I haven’t much listened to Local H since high school. I think I’ll give them another shot. I can’t believe all the stuff they’ve released since pack up the cats

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  • Lord of Acid said:

    I’ve outgrown Scott Lucas voice but his lyrics are that of genius. I wish someone else was singing what he writes. Like Tom from Blink 182’s Angels and Airwaves band. They have some killer stuff but his nasal emo voice destroy it. I think this CD is actually pretty darn good. The fade to obscurity is evident though b/c like a lot of you say he is a dick. I met him 3 years ago and I wanted to buy a CD at a show. I handed him a $20 and he wouldn’t give me change but instead said I should buy something else. He would have given me the change and he did, but it was that loser move that annoyed me. Salesman crap

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  • 55JM said:

    People still care about this act in 2012? Sheesh

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  • Andy said:

    55JM,

    Yet, you cared enough to click, read and comment. Your life must be awesome.

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  • Ollie said:

    I never listened to the first album. After seeing this review, I went on Rhapsody and listened to As good as dead for the first time since sophomore year in College. It’s better now than it was then or maybe on par and I’m just excited. It’s held it’s weight over the years. Needless to say, I went on Amazon and bought all their other albums for $22.16 total. Can’t beat that.

    Cheers!

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    If my mind thinks it…or if I feel it when listening to a new album…A. Estes ALWAYS seems to write about it. Yet another solid review from someone whose words I respect.

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  • gus said:

    seriously had no clue this band did anytning the last 10 years,

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Darius said:

    this record is amazing and is further proof that Local H is one of the most overlooked and underrated bands in the world. i consider them to be in the upper, upper, echelon of rock music.

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