Sound — 8
Debut albums are often a showcase of a bands initial energy and ideals. The Doors self-titled debut is an examplpe of this. With a strong collection of songs, the band has managed to keep their audiences captivated. A few numbers may require a few listens before one becomes infatuated with them (The End comes to mind). However, that does not detract from the overall quality of this record. There are a few albums that must belong in every rock fan's cd collection. The Doors is one of those cds.
Lyrics — 8
"Break On Through": Probably the first true 'heavy metal' song ever recorded. Fast, dark, heavy, unusual and powerful, the perfect formula for a Doors song. Totally rocks. "Soul Kitchen": This one's about a restaurant called Olivia's that Jim frequented. Features great organ and guitar. "The Crystal Ship": If this isn't beautiful, nothing is. It really shows the softer, more emotional side of Jim's voice, and the guitar playing is gorgeous, not to mention the lyrics. "20th Century Fox": Great, upbeat guitar-oriented shuffle. Shows more of a 'pop' side to the band. "Alabama Song (whiskey Bar)": This one was taken from a 1929 German opera, believe it or not. Musically, it's definitely not The Doors at their best, but it's very catchy and has a great 'sing-along' feel to it. And how did Ray get his piano to sound like that? Or is it a harpsichord? Whatever it is, it sounds wonderful. "Light My Fire": Ah yes, their biggest Doors single ever. The instrumental break is fascinating. An anthem for the Summer Of Love. "Back Door Man": Excellent blues tune. Jim's trademark grunts and growls really add to the excitement. Gets very intense and ferocious at the end. "I Looked At You": A silly but enjoyable Beatles-ish song. And I never really cared for the Fab Four in the first place. "End Of The Night": My God, this might be the best song on the album. So dark and eerie that it might send shivers down your spine. Possibly the most haunting song the Doors ever recorded. It's pure, hypnotic bliss. "Take It As It Comes": Great upbeat song, one of the only 'happy' songs that Jim ever wrote. "The End": Lyrically, this is a masterpiece. Musically, it's not all that memorable, other than a creepy guitar line from Robby. Contains a brief section that talks about the Greek legend of Oedipus, who murdered his father and married his mother. Originally, this was a simple song about faded love. But as they played it more and more, Jim turned it into an ode to death.
Overall Impression — 8
A dark poetic masterpiece of raw energy. Jim Morrison invented the modern rock star, and this is him at his best. A primal growl of dark poetic mastery. Morrison looks death in the eye and pulls the listener along for the ride.