Forever Hasn't Happened Yet

Forever Hasn't Happened Yet

by John DoeJohn Doe


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In his notes for his latest solo album, John Doe describes the music within as "not for the faint of heart" -- a tag that refers less to the overall sound (which evokes an affably messy gin-joint hootenanny) as to the tone of the material. Much of Forever Hasn't Happened Yet calls to mind the stark black-and-white set pieces of Doe's Angeleno forebears -- Raymond Chandler comes to mind, as does John Fante -- particularly the stark, foreboding opener, "The Losing Kind." The disc's dozen tunes are, by and large, stripped as bare as can be, to the point where additions like the vocal harmonies of Grant-Lee Phillips (who chimes in on the deceptively lulling "Twin Brother") seem almost startling. Doe is abetted by several kindred spirits here, from Neko Case, who duets on "Hwy 5" (a song co-written by Doe's real-world ex, Exene Cervenka), to his teenage daughter, Veronica Jane, who plays vocal foil on the Smokey Mountain–redolent "Mama Don't." Sometimes there's beauty in the darkest corners of life, and while it takes time and tenacity to coax it out, John Doe seems to have enough of both to bring forth a bounty.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457209220
catalogNumber: 2092
Rank: 119734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Doe   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Cindy Lee Berryhill   Vocals
Dave Alvin   Guitar
Kristin Hersh   Vocals
Stuart Johnson   Percussion,Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Piano,Melodica
Grant-Lee Phillips   Guitar,Vocals
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Don Bonebrake   Vibes
Neko Case   Vocals
Dave Way   Strings,Tambourine
David J. Carpenter   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,String Bass
Veronica Jane   Vocals

Technical Credits

Exene Cervenka   Composer
John Doe   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kristin Hersh   Producer
Evan Stone   Composer
Dave Way   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
David J. Carpenter   Composer
Gregory Page   Composer

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