L.A. Woman

  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. 100
    [It is] possibly the band's best album.
  2. May 7, 2012
    80
    Bottom line: whether you're a casual fan or a more obsessive one, this is the definitive issue of L.A. Woman.
  3. Feb 17, 2012
    100
    With its harder edge, its hindsight-laden sense of imminent loss and its sheer dirtiness, L.A. Woman comprises a brilliant bridge between the floral madness of the 1960s and the tougher decade to come.
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    The charm of this edition is that the unreleased material is considerably looser than the finished album.
  5. Mar 10, 2012
    80
    Taken in tandem, both CD and DVD provide an intriguing look at an album that ranks as one of the most dramatic accomplishments in modern Rock realms.
  6. 90
    Though this remastered 40th Anniversary Edition tightens and polishes every tone, L.A. Woman isn't exactly a studio marvel.
  7. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    The alternate takes are all lesser versions interspersed with studio chatter and other audio vérité--the sound of a band enjoying its work, unaware its time was nearly up.
  8. Mojo
    Apr 19, 2012
    80
    For diehards, these takes [on the second disc] have an attractive live-in-the-studio-run-through feel, complete with informal chat and occasional sloppy edges. [Feb 2012, p.108]
  9. Q Magazine
    Mar 21, 2012
    80
    Weirdly timeless, even now. [Feb 2012, p.117]
  10. Uncut
    Feb 17, 2012
    100
    LA Woman is at times a raw and bluesy affair, but still one of exquisite taste and judgement. [Feb 2012, p.84]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    Few artists have ever come close to the lyrical genius that was Jim Morrison. Don't listen to this album on your first play, instead allowFew artists have ever come close to the lyrical genius that was Jim Morrison. Don't listen to this album on your first play, instead allow your ears to absorb the sounds. On the second play listen to the album. Then you can truly appreciate what Morrison brought to his music. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2015
    10
    This is a gem of an anniversary re-issue double album with rare never before heard alternate studio takes on famous tracks with Jim MorrisonThis is a gem of an anniversary re-issue double album with rare never before heard alternate studio takes on famous tracks with Jim Morrison heard playfully engaging the band before each song. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    10
    As for the original album it's of course a classic. Blusey to the bone but still sophisticated, recorded in their office, it's a proof thatAs for the original album it's of course a classic. Blusey to the bone but still sophisticated, recorded in their office, it's a proof that great music never is about technique. This is a last fabulous parade from one of the best bands ever and it can make one sleepless wonder about what would have come next if Jim still was alive.

    The extra-CD is a very interesting ear-dropping at The Doors rehearsing and forming the material. An adventure especially for us who loved "L.A.Woman" since 1971.
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