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Doors' First Sign of Failure and Internal Problems May 11, 2000
on 2 November 2007
This is The Doors' first set that is not strong. After turning in two great LPs, they came back with this, their third and weaker set. When the organ riff comes on from Hello, I Love You, you know this isn't like the other two albums. It was Morrison doing bubble gum lyrics.
The rest of the album is fair (the highlights being Not to Touch the Earth, Unknown Solider, and Five to One. Some tracks come across as filler (My Wild Love and We Could Be So Good Together). This album's chief problem was the band itself was starting to self destruct. Morrison was becoming more and more an alcoholic. Morrison sung the album version of Five to One when he was totally wasted on alcohol.
Another chief problem was, unlike the other two albums that preceded it, it does not have a long track. The reason being is Morrison wrote a track called Celebration of the Lizard. It is very musically disjointed, but it has his best lyrics. As I understand it, they actually recorded it in the studio, but it is lost now. The band would not cooperate with him and would not put the track on the LP. So Morrison had to go write some more lyrics. This greatly weakened the album, because subpar material had to be written to take up the long absence of Celebration of the Lizard. A truncated four and a half minute portion of it is placed on the album (Not to Touch the Earth). These lyrics easily rival the best of his other stuff. Morrison was an artist, and was a master of connecting strange imagery and tying them together. But because of his rock star status, some of his artistic notions had to be sacrificed. Waiting for the Sun is a commercial album with a bit of artistry shining through. Too bad the band would let him put on the full version . . . then this album would represent Morrison much better. As it is, it is a sad album. The summer of his artistic freedom forsook him on this album, and the band had the wintertime love of money.
These problems would be further manifested on The Soft Parade. There is was not so much commercial as it was Morrison just got more and more into self destructing. But I will save that for another review.
Originally issued on May 11, 2000 on Amazon.com