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MORRISON HOTEL

The Doors

 

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3.37 | 314 ratings

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memowakeman
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2 stars Yes, their worst...

Well, after having review they previous 4 albums, i have to start saying that for me (personally) this Morrison Hotel was the album when they tried to return to a harder sound remembering all their roots (blues, rock and psych), but for me they failed, luckily they released another wonder after this album, but as my personal point of view, this album was a complete failure in their will to return to the fanīs hearts as they did with their first two albums.

Actually this album has success, due to the first song "Roadhouse Blues" which is a hymn and which every person know or at least have listened, this song is the hit of the album and the one that "saves" it, in the good sense of the word and commercially talking.

So it was 1970 when "Morrison Hotel" was released, after so many weird problems within Kimīs mind and body, and with a degree of insconstancy. As i said above, the opener song here is the powerful bluesy song "Roadhouse Blues" itīs great and everybody loves it, also made to sing i think. "Waiting for the Sun" is another good track that you might like and if you wan a Doors the best of, probably you will find it there, good song excellent guitars and a very melodic voice, strange that they recorded here a song with the same name as a previous album.

"You Make me Real" is a horrible song, Jimīs voice is stronger but it doesnīt sound that good, this song is another kind of blues, but a bad blues. "Peace Frog" is a song that i personally enjoy, it has good rythm, nice guitar solos and an average keyboard playing, good song and good lyrics, probably one of the best songs here. "Blue Sunday" is a short piece, and with a very soft sound, kind of ballad the best thing here is Jimīs voice which sounds delicated, but the song itself is not really good, though is not their worst. "Ship of Fools" is a keyboard driven song, i happen to enjoy this album just because i love The Doors, but i think their worst bunch of songs were placed here, this is another average song but that keyboard sound could give it an extra point. "Land Ho!" sounds as a happy song since the beginning, i imagine a TV show about pirates or something, silly i think. "Spy" is another song, which despite itīs soft sound, it has a bluesy feeling, good piano work, nothing more.

"Queen of the Highway" is a favorite song here, it reminds me of a girl, so here i have personal issues haha, the song is actually not bad, i like the lyrics and the mysterious musical sound. "Indian Summer" is a song very slow and with a nice delicate sound, it reminds me a bit of The End, and i think this song is full of a mind trip. "Maggie McGill" is the last song of this album and thi returns to a harder sound, the song is not that complex and the sound is very catchy.

So, my personal feeling, this album is not that bad, but for me is their worst, or at least the less that i enjoy, musically it doesnīt have the same creative and weird songs which placed their personal touch and own sound of their first albums, so for that reasons, i think anybody could be interested with this just because Roadhouse Blues, but actually you might be dissapointed with the whole album, so for 2 stars, just for fans!

memowakeman | 2/5 |

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