Keeper by John Doe (Alt Country)
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Yep Roc Records
It's obvious from the opening notes of the downright chipper "Don't Forget How Much I Love You" that John Doe is in a happy place. Indeed, the self-described "sad sack" seems to have turned a corner. In "Giant Step Backward," Doe theorizes that if you step backward in a relationship, you give your partner the opportunity to come forward and catch up, and his well-worn vocals lend an air of first-hand experience. The shades-of-X-sounding "Never Enough" is a call to action for hoarders -- both the physical and emotional kind; Doe assures it's all just "junk."
Linda Ryan
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