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A Year in the Wilderness
John Doe
A Year in the Wilderness
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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John Doe is back again. As a founding member of punk monoliths X, he seized his rightful place as one of the most influential musicians in American alternative music in the 1980 s, clearing a path for the revolution in tha...  more »

     
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All Artists: John Doe
Title: A Year in the Wilderness
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Yep Roc Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 6/12/2007
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Roots Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 634457214125

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John Doe is back again. As a founding member of punk monoliths X, he seized his rightful place as one of the most influential musicians in American alternative music in the 1980 s, clearing a path for the revolution in that genre that would take place a decade later. Since launching his solo career in 1990 with the dusty road-poetry of Meet John Doe, John has produced six stunning roots rock albums of frightening honesty and vision. A Year in the Wilderness is no exception.

This time around John has invited his friends and frequent conspirators to help him interpret songs that came fast and hard. Doe dubs the Wilderness sessions, A scary and wondrous process where a blast of intuition and force that takes only moments to realize, but that can last forever and carry consequences you never imagined. Guest stars appearing on A Year in the Wilderness include Dave Alvin, Jill Sobule, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Auerbach (from The Black Keys), Greg Leisz and Aimee Mann.

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CD Reviews

Just Fabulous
ZoSo59 | California | 07/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although a long-time fan of X, I'd never bought any of John Doe's solo work before. I read a good review of this album in the LA Times, and thought I'd take a shot.....

I love it. The most commercial cut is "The Golden State", a great tune. I think my favorite song is "Unforgiven", and "Big Moon" seems to haunt my head. The whole album has this vibe that I can't describe, other than to say I find myself wanting to play it almost every day. It has a "deep sound", both musically and lyrically. The songs flow so well that listening is effortless, and leaves you wanting more when the album is finished.

I believe than John Doe is a great creative talent who seems to get better with age. You won't regret buying this release; on the strength of this one, I'm going to buy some of his previous releases!"
Brilliant...(don't tell anyone)
George Tadich Jr. | 06/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've loved having John's solo work all to myself...pop music's best kept secret...music to share with your most musically sophisticated friends...music for long road trips. I suppose that's all over now.

And it's about time.

Because this MF is too big, too smart, too rocking, too cutting, to be denied a wide audience. I would love to see this thing come out of left field and sell 6 million copies, and have John win 5 or 6 Grammy's next February. Not that awards mean anything, but every once in awhile it's nice to see an exceptional artist, at his best, get recognized.

Besides, John has the best hair in rock and roll. "John, see you in Denver (6/22). Yrs. George Tadich Jr."

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Doe's best in years!
R. Hutchinson | a world ruled by fossil fuels and fossil minds | 10/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A YEAR IN THE WILDERNESS marks the proverbial "return to form" for John Doe. After a string of great solo albums in the 1990s in between X reunions, culminating in the awesome FREEDOM IS... in 2000 (see my review), his last couple of albums have been sub-par. Last year he reissued a lost classic from 1998 -- originally recorded in 1995/6 and released as an EP called FOR THE REST OF US, now with additional tracks from the sessions, and renamed FOR THE BEST OF US (see my review), it sounded powerful and loose, like KISSINGSOHARD from 1995.

That's what Doe has recaptured with WILDERNESS -- it was written and recorded quickly, and has that EXILE ON MAIN STREET sort of spontaneity. Not quite as raw and punkish as the mid-'90s Doe, the standout rock tracks are "The Golden State," "Unforgiven," and "The Meanest Man in the World," but the pedal steel on the countryish "A Little More Time" and the beautiful slower numbers like "the bridge" and "grain of salt" add to the overall feel, making the whole album greater than the sum of the songs.

Great album! Don't miss it."