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Even darker than their purple-hued debut, the Doors' follow-up, Strange Days, closed 1967 with an ominous flourish. Highlighted mostly by short, radio-friendly tunes such as the bluesy "Love Me Two Times" and the cabaret-style "People Are Strange" and featuring a smattering of edgy recitations ("Horse Latitudes") and smoky rockers ("My Eyes Have Seen You"), the album features a centerpiece that was another ambitious extended track, "When the Music's Over." On it, Morrison railed at everything from organized religion to pollution, and his rallying cry--"We want the world, and we want it now!"--became a call to arms for the counterculture rising up around the band. --Billy Altman
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Todd D. Alt | Ohio | 09/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never spend time breaking down my take of each track and giving a deep psycho analysis of what each song means to me. I think other people do a fine job of that kind of review. I think that it is even legit to differ as to what one thinks a definition of a review is or should be. I simply give my opinion or my overall impression of the impact of a disc taken as a whole and I try not to look at each song as simply a cut from a compilation of individual tracks. If this is too simplistic, I do apologize up front. In the case of Strange Days, I read a good portion of the reviews and I echo all the good commentary to be found here. I wanted to "pile on" with a super 5 review so as to further diminish the effect of the pitiful few who just "don't get it" on this one. Morrison's lyrics had more impact and insight on Strange Days than on any other disc, but some of the shear energy in delivery that was so intense on the first album had diminsihed in the darkness of the mood. Otherwise Strange Days easily equaled the genius of "The Doors" and simply was a continuation on a theme of murky observations into the darkness of the mind.
The Doors were simply one of the 5 greatest bands that ever cut a record and one of only a handful that truly were unique with a sound so distinct that it can never be said that they sounded like any other. Having said that I will give my opinion as to where Strange Days falls in the order of Doors greatness. Order of appearance and quality: Doors (I can still feel the summer it came out), Strange Days (totally unique and erie), Waiting For The Sun and then Morrison Hotel. Waiting always gets panned, but for me it is close to their best and creates a mood that puts you right square in the center of the love generation. Strange Days is like an acid trip that leaves you stunned by the journey. With Hotel they simply get heavy and prove once and for all that their muscianship was equal to anything out there.
There is no such thing as a less than five star Doors disc at least not for the first five releases. Soft Parade (maybe)....? LA Woman - I love it but to deny that Morrison was gasping at times would be a rough go."