By Alanna Nash
Updated September 21, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Voice of Doom, Despair, and Agony checks in with a superlative collection of novelty tunes and honky-tonk weepers, one that should confirm George Jones’ role as country’s favorite perennial loser. The fact that drinking songs have fallen out of favor these days does nothing to diminish Jones’ laments in You Oughta Be Here With Me, as his focus merely shifts to the rocky peaks of romance, and particularly women who mistreat him. When he calls his ex-wife to admit his new girlfriend wasn’t worth leaving her for — complaining that it’s late and he has no place to go — she calmly reminds him that ”Hell Stays Open (All Night Long).” A