Before I say it's soulful to no end...
let me say this is John Doe from X. Took me a minute to even realize that. Incredible.
JD’s solo work gets better w/each new installment. Forever…is further confirmation of Doe’s stunning ability to capture the breathtakingly beautiful sound of longing. Doe’s voice paints the landscape of loss and heartache in poetry and music that is often sparse but never simple. As with most of Doe’s work, the powerful beauty of Forever becomes more apparent with each repeated listening.
More great John Doe
Album is good throughout. If you want to start off with 1-2, try Hwy 5 (nice back and forth with Neko), Ready, or The Losing Kind. If you know his solo stuff, there's no surpises here, just great stuff, and some nice guest artist turns.
Play Hwy 5 and Twin Brother a few times and you will realize what John's all about. Dim Stars, Bright Sky was 2003's best album and I have never quite gotten over "Far Away", "7 Holes" and my all time favorite X/JD tune "Forever for You." Too bad iTunes doesn't hold Dim Stars but "Forever Hasn't Happened Yet" is a great start! Thanks John for 20 Years of unbelievable memories!
Forever is Now
Forever Hasn't Happened Yet, the new John Doe solo album, is one of the finest albums I have heard this decade. Although I enjoyed X years ago, I frankly hadn't paid *any* attention to Doe's solo efforts until I stumbled across this album on the Net a few weeks ago. I am completely mesmerized by the superb songwriting and the brilliant vocal performances by Doe & his family & friends on this album. I am eager to see him in concert in San Francisco. The first song, The Losing Kind, is a mindblower of spareness and power - the kind of troubadour song you see Springsteen reach for but rarely achieve. And then when you hear Twin Brother, There's a Black Horse and Ready, you realize Doe is an underrecognized genius. He deserves his due. Check it out and tell your friends.
Best Solo Yet
By Doug G
I have heard all the solo John Doe, but none has been as satisfying as this. The review is correct: we all like Doe, but the previous solo efforts have not been that solid. This is a great album that I keep playing. Also check out the new Knitters if you are a John Doe/Knitters/X fan like me.