Local H
Pack Up the Cats



by gwam USER (2 Reviews)
November 16th, 2006 | 10 replies | 6,496 views

Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is classic. If your into Local H and you haven't heard this album I highly reccomend it. This was the first Local H album I heard, and I haven't found one better since.

This was supposed to be Local H's big breakthrough record. But when their record label got bought out, the album went down the tube along with the band, at least for a while.

Local H is:

Joe Daniels: Drums (on this album)

Scott Lucas: Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Brian St. Clair: Drums (current)

This album is one of my personal favorites. It is a concept album that describes a guy who decides to sell out and try to become big, and let's just say he doesn't quite get what he wants. I think that this is still the best Local H album out there and one of the most overlooked albums of the nineties.

1. "All-Right (Oh Yeah)": This one starts things out with Scott alternating between those two phrases with some real sludgy guitars cycling in and out, doesn't sound too good at first. But then it goes into a nice catchy chorus and by the time the intro comes back, you'll like what you hear.4.5/5

2.""Cha!" Said The Kitty": This one goes through the same cycle as "All-Right (Oh Yeah)", but it's not quite as good.4/5

3"Lucky": The first filler. This comes very refreshing after the first two tracks, and a nice prelude to the album closer.4.5/5

4."Hit the Skids": This is a fine song. It captures the sound that Local H had been developing since 'Ham Fisted' very nicely, a definite highlight.5/5

5."500,000 Scovilles": Yep, already the second filler. This one helps the album move along a lot smoother and provides an entertaining listen.4/5

6."What Can I Tell You?": "Whatever you want, whatever turns you on..." is the first line of this song, and with that kind of freedom I'll choose to keep listening.5/5

7."Fine and Good": This was the first song I heard off the album. It has a nice melody and an almost Latin guitar lick, it gives the song kind of a creepy edge to it, and I like it.4.5/5

8."Lead Pipe Cinch": Filler #3, and the most meaningful one. This is the only filler that I would actually listen to when I'm not listening to the album as a whole.4.5/5

9."Cool Magnet": Simply the best. This contains one their finest guitar riffs, a chorus that you'll swear you heard on the radio last week, and a middle section that ties everything together, this is the best song on the album, and one of Local H's best songs period.5/5

10."She Hates My Job": Simply the worst, but still good. Very nice melodies throughout the song, but the slide guitar in the chorus just doesn't do it for me.4/5

11."Stoney": The final filler. It has the same kind of spacey vibe that "She Hates My Job" has, but it's entirely instrumental.4/5

12."Laminate Man": This song fits perfectly right here. It has the simplicity of punk rock, while still sounding like Local H, another great track.5/5

13."All The Kids Are Right": The first/only single. The popiest song on the album, but it still manages to entertain; talking about the worst show our friend has ever played.4.5/5

14."Deep Cut": This one takes them back to their Nirvana roots. It asks the burning question "what do you do, when you don't know what to do?” don't stain you brain over that question or you might miss the song.4.5/5

15."Lucky Time": This is the one, the song that sets this album apart from 'As Good As Dead', which ends with the dark and somewhat depressing Manifest Destiny Pt. 2. This song, on the other hand, has kind of a retrospective feel, it makes you think back on the album, realizing how great it was.5/5

This album takes you on a fun ride, as good concept albums should, and I'd say no matter what you’re into; this one is at least worth a listen

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August 21st 2010


no comments. poor kid.

August 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off


October 19th 2010


This has a lot of "rock out" moments.

October 19th 2010


user random, you continue to shirk my challenges! accept, or forfeit and admit defeat!

October 19th 2010


I havent heard this whole album

April 5th 2011


I'm confused by the fact that you give high ratings (4's) to the tracks you deem as filler, sir.

July 1st 2011


Cool Magnet just rules.

September 28th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

All right, oh yeah.

September 30th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

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July 7th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

I don't really like this review. I'm new to this website so I don't know if this is totally normal or not, but going over every single song isn't something that should be done for this album. This album in my opinion is at least twice as good in its entirety. Also I don't really agree with your opinion on the sound of the album, but hey, music is subjective.
Still, an interesting review. Much so because my least favorite is Hit the Skids and my favorite is 500,000 Scovilles.

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