Genre: Rock; Producer (group): Forward

The John Doe Things has provided a revealing double entendre in the titling of this latest solo outing. Both on Kissingsohard and in his work with punk legends X, a group he cofounded, his brawny, hard-bitten ballads depict a world in which love is synonymous with, not a cure for, desperation. And as always, his bracing, sinewy vocals provide the perfect complement for these unsettling vignettes. A-

Originally posted August 18 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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