Local H Hallelujah! I’m a Bum CD Album Review
By: A. Estes
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.