Review: Local H – Hallelujah! I’m a Bum

Rated:

3.5/5

These smart-assed Chicagoans peaked early with “Bound for the Floor,” their 1996 post-grunge hit about keeping it copacetic. But if Local H’s commercial fortunes have dwindled, their ideas have only gotten bigger: Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is the guitar-and-drums duo’s second concept album in a row, following 2008’s breakup procedural, Twelve Angry Months. Here frontman Scott Lucas tackles the polarized political scene in crunchy riff-rock jams full of Windy City references; in “Blue Line,” a ride on public transit inspires thoughts on how “it’s getting hard to realize a sense of self in other eyes.” Heaviness (in both senses) abounds. MIKAEL WOOD


  • http://www.facebook.com/akeybreak Joshua James Akers

    I grew up listening to these guys. My all time fav

  • damiensen

    in my top 5 favorite bands. so good and original

  • localhforever

    bought my tickets today for denver show 9/20. wish they were playing 2 shows, but grateful they’re coming here and jealous of people who live in chicago and can see them all the time.