Joan As Police Woman: To Survive (Liberator)

 |   |  1 min read

Joan as Police Woman: To Be Loved
Joan As Police Woman: To Survive (Liberator)

Joan As Police Woman certainly has an arresting name (sorry!) but it is her remarkable voice that will capture you (and sorry again!).
Joan Wasser's debut album Real Life of two years ago was a remarkable album and was hailed at Elsewhere and elsewhere. The Guardian said of her voice  that it was "so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else's seem ordinary and mundane".
That hyperbole is pushing it, but without doubt when she sings you stop to listen.
Her new album sees a slightly different Joan however. Written mostly on piano while her mother was dying from -- and subsequently taken by -- cancer, these moving pieces address all manner of deep emotions and song titles give some clue: To Be Loved, To Be Lonely, Furious, To Survive . . .
As before she calls on some of her famous friends for assistance -- here are David Sylvian and Rufus Wainwright -- and the spare songs are sometimes embellished by horns and strings.
But this is no melancholy personal diary because she expands her lyrics to reach for universal emotions which are rendered without sentimentality. And in that compelling, assured voice.
Joan As Police Woman is a remarkable artist and two near-as-dammit perfect albums are the proof.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column... > Read more

Luluc: Passerby (SubPop)

Luluc: Passerby (SubPop)

The early Seventies genre “sensitive singer-songwriter” was enjoyed by similarly attuned souls or ridiculed by those for whom moping around just seemed weak and pointless. The... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE DESIGN EXHIBIT (2015): G'day Bruce, godda new mowda?

AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE DESIGN EXHIBIT (2015): G'day Bruce, godda new mowda?

Amidst the highly polished and gleamingly seductive automobile flesh in Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria right now is an oddity which draws a lot of attention. It is a battered,... > Read more

FISTFUL OF VINYL: Records ride back over the horizon

FISTFUL OF VINYL: Records ride back over the horizon

A true coincidence? Within half an hour of speaking with my son in London about some wonderful on-line world which allows streaming access to what seems like a billion songs, a familiarly shaped... > Read more