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Forever Hasn't Happened Yet

  • 1. Losing Kind, The
    2. Heartless
    3. Mama Don't
    4. Twin Brother
    5. Hwy 5
    6. Worried Brow
    7. Your Parade
    8. There's a Black Horse
    9. Ready
    10. She's Not
    11. Repeat Performance
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2092

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Doe; Dave Way; Kristin Hersh; Dave Way; John Doe
    EngineerDave Way; Dave Way

    Personnel: John Doe (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); John Doe (guitar); Cindy Lee Berryhill (vocals); David J. Carpenter (double bass, electric bass, bass guitar); Grant Lee Phillips (vocals, guitar); Kristin Hersh, Neko Case, Veronica Jane (vocals); Dave Alvin, Smokey Hormel (guitar); Dave Way (strings, tambourine); Jamie Muhoberac (melodica, piano, organ); D.J. Bonebrake (vibraphone); Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Dave Way.
    Recording information: Way Station, LA, CA (04/2004).
    Photographer: Jim Herrington.
    Since John Doe left active duty with X, he's released a series of solo albums that, in a variety of different ways, have drawn many listeners to the same conclusion -- he's still a superb singer and a strong songwriter, but there's just something missing from his work on his own, which lacks the force and resonance of his music with X. It isn't necessarily tied to the fact that he doesn't rock as hard, given how powerful his work was with X's acoustic side project, the Knitters, and it shouldn't be a matter of not having good collaborators, as Doe's 2005 solo set, Forever Hasn't Happened Yet, boasts an impressive set of talented guests. Longtime colleague Dave Alvin adds guitar and vocals to three cuts, Neko Case contributes a strong and sexy backing vocal on "Hwy. 5" (co-written with Exene Cervenka, and not coincidentally the most X-like song on board), Grant Lee Phillips lends splendid harmonies to "Twin Brother," the criminally underappreciated Cindy Lee Berryhill shines on two songs, and Kristin Hersh sounds like a force of nature on "Ready." Doe himself sings beautifully throughout, and there are a few top-shelf songs here, especially the evocative "Twin Brother," the graceful "Your Parade," and the bitter charge through "Ready." But ultimately, too much of Forever Hasn't Happened Yet is made up of songs that don't quite hit their target, either musically or emotionally; it's full of fine moments, but doesn't cohere into a solid whole, though most of it is good enough to keep hope alive that Doe will bat 1.000 next time he heads into the studio. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Veering from odd punk riffs to soaring harmony pop to bruised country country blues, Doe's singing has never been better."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This, then, is a record that is gorgeously sweaty in its simplicity - even when it's aiming at pure heartbreak."
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