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Flashback Review: As Good As Dead by Local H (1996)

As Good As Dead by Local H is audio gold.

localhIt all began in 1987 when Scott Lucas, Matt Garcia, Joe Daniels, and John Sparkman met in high school. They didn’t know it then, but the forces that would lead them to form Local H just a few years later had been set in motion.

The American rock band had their first taste of mainstream success with their radio hit “Bound for the Floor,” from their 1996 album, As Good As Dead.

As Good As Dead garnered Local H much success, peaking at No. 5 on the US Alternative Billboard Chart, and after just one listen it’s easy to see why.

The album starts off with a short intro piece called “Manifest Destiny – Part 1.” Clocking in at just under a minute, this track works its way into the mind of all who listen with its slow, deliberate vocals and hypnotic guitar. It’s like a palate cleanser for the ears, ensuring full audial emersion for the duration of the album.

“Bound for the Floor” is an ear worm if there was one, it’s not wonder this catchy track captivated listeners when As Good As Dead hit the scene. There’s a pattern to the lyrics that gives the song a poetic feeling, and the ebb and flow of the guitar only serves to tighten that fact.

“Eddie Vedder” is an interesting track whose lyrics give the album its title, or vice versa. The high-energy melody and heart pounding beat make this one a fast favorite with a serious message. While the lyrics may come off as cryptic, the song itself is all about the constant struggle of fame. Vying to be the best of the best takes a lot and, according to Local H, isn’t even worth it.

“Manifest Destiny – Part 2” brings the album full-circle, with a sick bass line, and an addictively melodic guitar that’s hard to get enough of. There’s a sense of intensity with this track that lends its weight to its very title. It’s a powerful one. For such a grand song, the lyrics are very minimalistic, consisting only of the phrase “you’re onto something good, but it can’t be all that matters,” and even those few words carry a lot of weight

As Good As Dead sure has a lot of life to it, considering its namesake. The energy is real, and all in all it’s a lot of fun. Definitely an album worth checking out.

Rating: 4/5

Stream: As Good As Dead by Local H

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