The Doors
Strange Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kingadamx USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 67 replies | 18,708 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This is The Doors' second and probably their most forgotten about album. The entire album carries a mood of alienation that is expressed on songs such as "Strange Days" and "People are Strange". This album may not have had as much commercial success as their debut album but I feel that it is just as well written and captivating as it. When you listen to the album it gives you a kind the kind of eerie feeling that the band must have been feeling at the time.

The Album shows the darker side of the band that no one heard on the radio from their debut. Released in 1967, the album does have some songs that became commercially successful such as "Love Me Two Times" and "People are Strange" but overall the album is not as "radio friendly as their previous album which many people tend to compare it to. Anyways lets get on with the Review.

1. Strange Days - The Organ intro sets the tone for the song and the album. The guitar line in this song is very strong and stands out the most to me in this song. Morrison's vocals are powerful and the lyrics are strong. This is one of my favorite songs on the album.
Rating: 4.5/5

2. You're Lost Little Girl - The song starts out with a great bass line and develops as the organ accompanies the bass. The guitar solo is very light and has effects on it that gives an almost ambient feel. Morrison's vocals are very droaning sounding in this song.
Rating: 4/5

3. Love Me Two Times - The famous guitar riff opens the song accompanied by the bass which gives the song a happier tone than most of the other songs on this album. I'm sure that everyone who is reading this review has heard the song about a hundred times. The organ playing stands out the most on this song to me.
Rating: 4.5/5

4. Unhappy Girl - The organ intro gives an eerie tone which stays throughout the entire song. The guitar lead is very high pitched and played with a slide which is not usually how his guitar riffs sound but is a nice change, Krieger plays with a slide through most of this album. This is a short song that the album seems to be filled with. This is probably my least favorite song on the album.
Rating: 3/5

5. Horse Latitudes - The song starts out with an ocean wind sound. Morrison recites poetry over some noise that is played by the band and other various objects. This is a very psychedelic tune that is not the best on the album but not really a bad tune. (It kind of reminds me of a Captain Beefheart song)
Rating: 3.5/5

6. Moonlight Drive - The song starts with an upbeat sort of Jazz tempo with the keyboard, and the slide guitar gives the song its psychedelic feel. One of the more upbeat songs on the album that finds Morrison's vocals uplifting and bluesy sounding as opposed to the dark vocals that seem to fill this album.
Rating: 4/5

7. People Are Strange - A tale of alienation, I'm sure everyone has recited the lyrics before, "People are Strange when you're a stranger/people look ugly when you're alone". The Guitar solo is probably my favorite on the entire album just becuase it is short and sweet. One of the more popular songs on the album.
Rating: 4.25/5

8. My Eyes Have Seen You - The bass line is really good in this song. The songs builds up until the Guitar solo and then comes back down again. The song has a blues striucture to it. Morrison sings low and gets more powerful until the end of the song where he is screaming the lyrics.
Rating: 3.5/5

9. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind - The song starts very odd and strange sounding but then develops to a very good rhythm. The Percussion stands out the most in this song which is unusual for the band. The song has a very low and mellow tempo which is very enjoyable.
Rating: 4/5

10. When The Music's Over - The final song on the album which starts out very upbeat on the keyboard and follows with Morrison leading the band into chaos as Krieger pounds out his guitar licks. This is one of those epic songs similar to "The End" but not as drawn out feeling or depressing. The Guitar solo in this song is very psychedelic and powerful. This song basically defines Psychedelia, When Morrison says he wants to hear a butterfly scream the guitar makes a noise which is high pitched and droaning (I guess thats how a butterfly screams). Close to the end of the song the band goes into an explosion and the keyboard solos away. I like Morrison's Quote at the end of the song ,"Music is your only friend until the end". My favorite song on the album.
Rating: 5/5

This is not the Doors' best album but it indeed is not a bad album at all. I hope that some of you will pick this album up and check it out if you haven't already. This is the album that shows the darkest side of the Doors.



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“Strange days have found us, and through their strange hours, we linger alone”...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kingadamx
June 28th 2004



120 Comments


No one has any comments about my review or this album?

pixiesfanyo
June 28th 2004



1222 Comments


Good Review, Great Album

The Doors make me feel special in my special parts..

Frodo
June 28th 2004



17 Comments


Very cool album, and a good review.
The Doors are so great.

AfroMan
July 11th 2004



101 Comments


Great review - this should be the standard of all reviews.

Take notes

:cool:

Romencer17
September 4th 2005



84 Comments


Good review, good band, good album. My first album I heard of the Doors, and currently my favorite.

Romencer17
October 18th 2005



84 Comments


You're lost little girl..........

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 15th 2006



4405 Comments


I never really got into the doors. Good review though.


Tv Party
July 28th 2006



98 Comments


This album is good but not great. The Doors have better albums.

AnyColour74
August 24th 2006



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album.

Activista anti-MTV
August 24th 2006



3138 Comments


This album is a good listen, now and again. Nice review.

stinkypoptart
September 13th 2006



1169 Comments


after the self titled im getting this. cool review.

stevemallory
October 20th 2006



1 Comments


good review for sure. a lot of work went into it. here's a link you guys might like. its for your phone but its the doors

m30.ca/movs/i5-.The_Doors.mov

MrKite
November 4th 2006



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my parents got me this for christ,as but when they got out all the hidden presents they forgot this one. and they just found today whent ehy were cleaning out the house. its really great and i'll probably revioew it. their s/t is better though, imo.

Tv Party
November 4th 2006



98 Comments


Mr. Kite, I congratulate you for being a very contributive member of this site of late.

MrKite
November 4th 2006



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what do you mean?

tomwaits4noman
December 11th 2007



91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

think this is my fav Doors album, good review but for me the who point of Horse Latitudes is the moment is ends and flows into Moonlight Drive... the change of tempo makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.


ConorMichaelJoseph
February 19th 2009



1870 Comments


A very under-appreciated album

Roach
November 25th 2009



2149 Comments


People are Strange was perfect at the beginning of 'The Lost Boys'

WatchItExplode
July 11th 2010



3182 Comments


my god, the Doors...their material still beats the pants off of almost any other music you will ever hear

13themount
February 2nd 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

timeless stuff; a futureproofed sound



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