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Classic Album Review: Local H | Here Comes the Zoo

As usual, the garage-rock duo's scrappy third album stands out from the pack.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Anybody can rock out with a whole band of musicians. But how many groups do you know that can kick some righteous butt with just a singer-guitarist and a drummer? I can only think of a few — including Zion, Ill., garage-rock oddballs Local H.

Right off the hop, that unique approach makes their scrappy third album Here Comes the Zoo an appealing standout amid the sludgy seas of soundalike nü-metal. What makes it even better is that main man Scott Lucas has a desperate rasp and a grunge style that invites comparison to Nirvana, coupled with a screwy sense of humour and pop sensibility straight out of Cheap Trick’s classic ’70s hits. And when he merges them on smartassed ditties like Rock & Roll Professionals, Creature Comforted and Bryn-Mawr Stomp, you realize all the extra players in the world couldn’t make these guys any cooler than they already are.