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Here Comes the Zoo
Local H
Here Comes the Zoo
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

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 soun...  more »


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All Artists: Local H
Title: Here Comes the Zoo
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
Release Date: 3/5/2002
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 660200207229

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

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Branching Out and Growing Roots
rbatty024 | Cleveland, OH USA | 03/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I waited forever for the new Local H, and after countless delays I must say it was worth every second I had to wait. Here Comes the Zoo harkens back to the times of old time rock and roll, yet at the same time Scott Lucas adds his own flavor to it. Throughout the album you can hear rock influences from the past thirty years, but infused in these songs are Lucas' own personality: bitter, self-loathing, and a sense of ironic intelligence. While Local H is for the most part paying homage to his roots, (the name of the album is from a Iggy Pop song and Bryn-Mawr Stomp is a sly Led Zeppelin allusion)they are also branching out into new territory. Two of the songs (My Baby Wants to Tame Me and What Would You Have Me Do) are of epic length. It's refreshing that Local H can offer up something new with each and every album while being consistent(I love every album they've released).
There's one thing that every Local H fan would like to know about Here Comes the Zoo: does Brian St. Clair match up with Joe Daniels? Well, no. He certainly has the skill, after listening to this album there's no doubt about that, but he doesn't have the presence that Joe did. This makes the band more of a vehicle for Scott, but I'm not complaining. This is one of the most refreshing albums that has come out to date. It's intelligent and emotional while delivering everything you'd expect from Local H plus a few new surprises."
Look at the plane up in the sky!
Ksmith | Lincoln, Ne | 03/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"thats not a plane! its the heroes of Rock and Roll tossin out their new disc 'here comes the zoo.' but watch out, this rock will land harder than a 3 ton brick on Carrot Top. This album is what you would call ROCK. its a music genre thats gone the way of disco and skat. But its all going to change as of today. With such rock epics as Baby wants to tame me and What Would You Have Me Do, you will be left with wanting more of the H love. but do not feel troubled young sir. there are eight other exquisite tracks for your listening pleasure. This album covers all the bases. the slow rocker "Hands on the Bible" to the speedy "Bryn Mawr Stomp."if you looking for that disc to wash away those ... song blues, or you want to know if the H still has it, then you must buy this album and share it with your friends and loved ones. if you do, they will love you more in return and that means more presents at birthday time. Nothing but GOOD can come from getting this album."
DuDeMaN | Zion, IL | 07/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone else noticing a trend in the reviews? Five stars, five stars, four stars, four stars. "Buy this album! Its the greatest!" Hmm...
Being from the same one horse town as Local H(my best friend lived behind the place they wrote Bound for the Floor when they wrote it, I knew what they sang of in As Good as Dead (which I've declared to be the Soundtrack to My Life)); Believe people when they tell you this is one of the best rock and roll albums OF ALL TIME. Then came Pack up the Cats, which, in my opinion, can be compared to Weezer's Pinkerton, which at first disappointed, but then the fans realized simply was a different approach by the band, and eventually beloved just as much. Now comes Here Comes The Zoo, which goes back to the top of Local H's game. This is definitly one of the top two CD's in my collection (the other being, of course, As Good As Dead). It really is a shame that Scott isn't revered as highly as that long-haired Canadian from Nickleback.
I also have to note my amazement at the expanse of reviewers of this band. Being from Zion, I sometimes forget how big these guys are... Shoot, everyone around here seems to somehow know them personally. Its great that their fan base covers so much ground."