Review of Forever Hasn't Happened Yet Album by John Doe

John Doe
Forever Hasn't Happened Yet
Album Review
Yep Roc

John Doe Forever Hasn't Happened Yet Album

You may not have heard of John Doe, but he is something of a musical legend, from his time in LA 'punk' band X. The reason that you should pay attention now is that he has made some great music in the past 20 years, but none better or more consistent than on Forever Hasn't Happened yet. Punk in spirit, blues in spirit, rock in spirit and uplifting throughout, this is an album formed by putting musicians and great songs in a small room and, well, just going for it. With collaborators like Grant Lee Phillips, Neko Case, Kristin Hersh and Dave Alvin, the quality is always going to be high, but Doe's polished mahogany voice and song sense make this an intensely enjoyable experience, like some unassuming Springsteen album. Closest to classic artists like Warren Zevon or Steve Forbert, John Doe makes music that's full of flavour - hang the presentation.


Mike Rea
Adult Contemporary Essentials

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