Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Joan As Police Woman: Real Life (Rhythmethod)
Joan Wasser has been in such exceptional bands as those behind Rufus Wainwright and Antony (she's a "Johnson" in other words), both of whom are singers noted for their nuance and sometimes outre, or androgynous, approach to lyrics. She counts among her admirers Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Sparklehorse and others whom she has sung with, or played her distinctive violin-cum-viola for. Joan here sings haunting torch songs, has Antony and Joseph Arthur guest, and everywhere in this too-short 40 minute album she mesmerises with tunes that draw you in and arrangements that keep you on your toes. She won't damage the charts, but she may inflict wounds on your heart. In a good way.