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- A Psych Tribute To The Doors by Various
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Well, here's an album with a self-explanatory title if I ever did see one. It's modern psych bands playing Doors songs, obviously. The Doors are one of the ultimate "Marmite bands" I think, but love them or hate them there's no denying the long-term influence they've had on psych rock, and that's reflected in the calibre and variety of characters willing to lay down a cover for this collection. It's a veritable who's who, there's The Black Angels, Psychic Ills, Camera, Dead Meadow, Dead Skeletons, Clinic and The Raveonettes to name just a handful.
Some of the versions are more faithful than others, with several having that modern krauty chugging feel to them, particularly in the first half. A case in point is Camera's instrumental take on 'People Are Strange', a cold and determined chug with synths and guitars locked into an hypnotic groove. Dead Skeletons doing 'Riders on the Storm' is cool too, a smoky, echoed shuffle with lazy liquid fire guitar clangs, paving the way for a more laid back second side with Wall of Death's loungey 'Light My Fire' and the whisper'n'drone of Clinic's 'Touch Me' coming straight after, through to The Raveonettes' lushly horizontal 'The End' wrapping things up.
It's actually a really enjoyable collection for someone like me who can stand both psych and The Doors - none of the covers are too slavishly reverent to the source material and while there are definite highlights and maybe a handful of forgettable moments, there aren't any true clangers here to send you diving for the skip button. In short, if you're not put off by the fact that this is a psych tribute to The Doors, you won't be disappointed by its contents. As far as psych tributes to The Doors go, this is really a psych tribute to The Doors.
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