Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Doors: L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition)

"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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