"Some artists create their most intense work when they hit rock bottom:
See Vincent van Gogh, Billie Holiday, Nick Drake and Jim Morrison, whose
final album with the Doors is a Southern California death trip that
matches anything in their catalog for beautifully spooked rock & roll
urge-purging. Made amid professional train wrecks and personal downward
spirals, it’s a surprisingly focused set, in part a return to the
Doors’ blues-rock roots. Morrison’s hot baritone killed, Robby Krieger’s
guitar is laser-guided, and 'The Changeling' and 'Been Down So Long'
are garage-style classics. Even the sprawling set pieces,'Riders on the
Storm' and 'L.A. Woman,' are formal masterpieces, bound by exacting
grooves and precise solos" (Will Hermes, "Reviews
," Rolling Stone
, 2/2/12, p. 64).
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