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Joan As Police Woman: Real Life

Dan Gennoe, Q, 2007

FOR JOAN WASSER, having to defer her debut due to viola playing commitments with Antony And The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright and Scissor Sisters was probably a blessing. Were it not for years immersed in such individual company, it surely wouldn't be the flooringly beautiful curiosity it is. A lifetime of music - soul, jazz, thrift-store rock, gospel, new wave - channelled through gentle melodies and a voice full of naivety, it’s an unlikely, yet sweet mix, united by Wasser’s need to find hope in despair. And whether the title track’s Parisian romance or 'I Defy''s dead-eyed strut, her tender tug between the two is absolutely devastating.

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