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John Doe & The Sadies:: Country Club (Album Review)

The Sadies have proved themselves master instrumentalists at country and twang, and a fluid backup band able to execute any genre. Doe, who co-fronted seminal L.A. punks X, on the other hand, has a voice you could charitably call serviceable. Whether this collaboration needed to happen is debatable.

Interspersed between competent covers of Merle Haggard’s Are The Good Times Really Over For Good and Kris Kristofferson’s Help Me Make It Through The Night are a few Sadies originals, including the dreamy Before I Wake, a song in which sister Margaret Good thoroughly outshines Doe in a duet.