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JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN is Joan Wasser. A musician since she picked up a violin in the third grade, Joan began playing professionally immediately upon escape from her parents house. After the death of her boyfriend Jeff Buckley, she began to sing and write songs with some of Jeff's band mates in a project called Black Beetle.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cheap Lullaby
  • ASIN: B00188HRCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 album from Joan As Policewoman (AKA Joan Wasser, formerly of Antony & The Johnsons). Real Life brought Joan Wasser out of the shadows and established her as that rare thing, a truly unique and original voice. Songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Joan has bewitched fans across Europe and the US over the last two years and is set to garner a wealth of new devotees with To Survive, an album of unashamedly heartfelt songs. In Joan's words, ''I am always trying to dig deeper into the emotional experience. I want to access the most honest place I can, distill it and present it in a way that makes sense musically.'' 1

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By hal st soul on June 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although the kooky band name remains, Joan Wasser's second album sees the classically trained, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist moving confidently away from the "alternativeness" of her 2006 debut and into richly melodic terrain.
The smart, dark voice she found with Antony and the Johnsons and on tour with Rufus Wainwright swirls elegantly around melancholic piano ballads and heartening brass-funky closing-time soul numbers.
The follow-up to 2006's "Real Life" is a comparatively stripped-down affair, the singer preferring to leave her songs less encumbered by elaborate arrangements.
The exception is "Magpies", on which the string and horn counterpoints and backing vocals throw the serpentine melody away from the song's centre.
"To Be Lonely" is a subtle splendour, Wasser's voice curling around a simple piano melody, while the arrangement of "To America" has shades of Kurt Weill, aptly so given its subtext of capitalist corruption: this is the closing track that really bursts out of the collection. An opus to her homeland which is at once both indignant and celebratory, it features Rufus Wainwright and could easily stand as a sister piece to his own "Going To A Town".
The equally impressive "Hard White Wall", is a meandering delight that peaks and troughs in thrilling style.
Joan Wasser had plenty to do to equal the brilliance of her debut, but in "To Survive", she has done just that, cementing her status as as an intriguing and compelling artist.
Imagine a subtle mix of Roberta Flack and Kate Bush, with a 21st-century lyrical sensibility, and you're pretty close to the core of a woman who believes that "beauty is the new punk rock".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By starschaser on June 15, 2008
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The name of Joan Wasser's band comes from her supposed resemblance to Angie Dickinson in the Seventies TV show "Police Woman". But that is where the daftness ends.
This is bracingly fresh contemporary bluesy jazz.
Two years on from Joan As Policewoman's startling debut, success has been bittersweet for the backing singer-turned-indie heroine Joan W.
Following the loss of her mother from cancer, she eulogises love in a trembling voice and with a tear-stained smile.
Her emotion-rich songs have become tender affirmations, such as the hope-sprinkled "Honor My Wishes".
And the needling guitar, soulful brass and gothic piano of her "punk rock R&B" are more evocative than ever.
"Holiday" flitting up the scales like a musical honey bee in search of pop pollen, recalling Joni Mitchell's "Hissing Of Summer Lawns".
"To Be Loved" is ecstatically soppy, deliberately contrasting with the solemnity of the following tune, "To Be Lonely".
Cascading harmonies and chimes soften the wheezing of intrusive synths. You can hear old friend Rufus Wainwright passing the torch to a woman who's not just surviving, but flourishing.
Standouts: "Holiday" and "To America".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deanokat VINE VOICE on June 17, 2008
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Joan Wasser's voice is beautiful and the songs on this album are just about as good as those on the first Joan As Police Woman record. Any fan of Cat Power or Beth Orton will really enjoy Joan As Police Woman. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JRL on August 29, 2008
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Joan's last album Real Life showcased elements of "punk," soul, and classical flourishes. No small feat considering it was her debut. Now her sophomore album has arrived. Though it is a more uniform and organic affair, it never strays from being nakedly honest and deeply touching. To Survive leans more in the direction of New York jazz-folk-pop, yet still features startlingly intimate piano ballads such as "To Be Lonely." Through the introspective sophistication there's a sense of rugged yearning. The album's full band highlights revolve around unconventional chord changes ("Holiday," "Magpies") and adhere little to well-trodden song structure. The vocal melodies are subtle and appropriate for each song, making this beautifully delivered album one of the best of the year and worth heavy repeated listening (for fans of mellow, artful music).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Ohanlon on June 26, 2008
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I suppose never having been into Jeff Buckley I'd never heard of Joan Wasser until reading a recent magazine article which made me sufficiently curious to buy this disc.
My curiousity was further aroused when I saw credits on the album to both David Sylvian (who I like) & Rufus Wainwright (who I keep being told I ought to like).
Overall this really is highly sophisticated & generally "melancholic" adult chanteuse-style vocal music with excellent arrangements & performances. From the opening "Honor my wishes" (a collaboration with Sylvian) virtually every song here is a winner, with compelling lyrics, strong arrangements (Joan does most of the accompanying instrumental work on mainly piano &/or guitar herself) & an alluring, magnetic voice.
Highlights are "(I'm so happy) To be Loved" - a real microcosm of all hat's good about this album - no nonsense arrangement (really tasteful spare underlying guitar), simple yet meaningful lyrics & good colour/change of tone towards the end; "Magpies", with its excellent horn arrangements & "Hard White Wall" - an excellent up-tempo, rather edgy number ("I'm watching you become a man....a wild & chancing dragon stepping into my better life without a scene out of place.....you're my hard white wall"!!).
After hearing this I'll definitely be checking out "Real Life".
Highly recommended!
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