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The Deep Field [VINYL]

Joan as Police Woman Vinyl
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The ‘Deep Field’ is an image captured by the Hubble space telescope of a region inside the constellation Ursa Major, of the youngest and most distant known galaxies. Deep Field is also a relaxation technique to enable profound physiological and psychological change, a novel about a young woman's emotional awakening against the backdrop of global conflict and a band from ... Read more in Amazon's Joan as Police Woman Store

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  • Vinyl (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: [PIAS] Recordings
  • ASIN: B004DKUU0S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nervous
2. Magic, The
3. Action Man
4. Flash
5. Run For Love
Disc: 2
1. Human Condition
2. Kiss The Specifics
3. Chemmie
4. Forever And A Year
5. I Was Everyone

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BBC Review

The Deep Field opens with a song called Nervous, wherein a tribal field recording yields to squalls of guitar, an airy drumbeat and Joan Wasser’s declaration of "I want you to fall in love with me". It is an assured, confident start – indeed, it is anything but nervous – that sets the scene perfectly for what Wasser has called her "most open, joyous" record to date: a flawed, fascinating piece of work that takes its title from a distant pocket of space and concerns itself with love and impulsiveness amid countless aspects of contemporary life.

A denser affair than 2008’s To Survive, it fizzes and bursts with plush instrumentation, augmenting her trademark keys with strings, horns and electric guitar in a manner that occasionally threatens to drown out her smooth delivery. Certainly, it doesn’t make much sense at first, lacking the impact of that album’s tear-stained confessionals or the sense of arrival that greeted debut set Real Life. But the ambition present reveals itself gradually, repeated listens opening up these long, sometimes languorous songs.

Wasser has always been far more interesting than a cursory listen to her records might suggest, the idiosyncratic banter of her live shows hinting at a strangeness that suits The Deep Field very well. Found-sound collages and studio chatter colour the album as it segues from one song to the next, rarely faltering. Lead single The Magic lopes along on a sleek riff that finds Wasser lost in a maze of her own making; The Action Man builds, builds and builds for the entirety of its five-minute run; Chemmie dwells on lust in sweet falsetto not a million miles away from Prince; I Was Everyone makes for a bracing finish; Forever and a Year is just gorgeous. Only Human Condition slows proceedings somewhat, an exercise in laid-back soul that veers a little too far towards the inconsequential.

But as a whole, The Deep Field nails it. True, the songs are long, it is almost ceaselessly rich, and you’re going to want to skip its first 30 seconds every time. Yet there is something fantastically indulgent and heartening going on here: the sense that Wasser is embracing her peculiarities and making giddy, ebullient light of them. Long may she continue to do so.

--James Skinner

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Pleasy 25 Jan 2011
By Gannon
Format:Audio CD
Joan Wasser has a fascinating, well-connected background. Protégée of Antony Hegarty and Rufus Wainwright, she has also been Jeff Buckley's significant other, as well as having collaborated with Lou Reed. To date, this has all stood her in very good stead.

Her sparse debut, Real Life, introduced her fractured confidence with aplomb. Its follow up, To Survive, was an understandably more mute offering that focused on her mother's death for inspiration. The Deep Field is noticeably less introspective. Wasser's choice of artwork confirms it, her fleshed out compositions too.

As a consequence, fewer of her trademark, melancholic piano ballads pepper the running order - "Forever And A Year" is a noteworthy, organ-filled exception from where the album's title comes. Yet, as Wasser's fragility was also often her strength, what then to make of The Deep Field?

Though the Joan As Police Woman sound of now appears to look backwards for reference, back to a time when "easy listening" wasn't a dirty classification, this third original outing is nevertheless an evolution for Wasser, a regaining of confidence as the groove-laden, crowd-splitting "Human Condition" potentially shows. What's certain is that the track is as unabashedly erotic as Wasser has ever been, soulfully playing off against slap bass, as well as her regular contributor Joseph Arthur and his best Mark Lanegan-style vocal impression.

Apparently then now back in love, we can forgive Wasser the occasional mistread.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 26 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
New to this artist and bought on a friends recommendation. Love it, especially Action Man! Now seeking out more JAAPW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 4 Mar 2014
By JacAroo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love her voice & music. I've bought this twice, kept one for myself & gave the other away as a present.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pagan Priestess Rocks Out 24 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have followed Joan Wasser's musical career for some
five or six years now with both interest and admiration.
It was quite clear early on that she was not born to
play second fiddle to Rufus Wainwright (although the
first time I encountered her she was doing exactly that!)
She has grown in confidence and maturity as both writer
and performer and increasingly inhabits a distinctive
and self-determinate space in the listening world.
Ms Wasser's left-field vision, however, is forever likely
to keep her well away from the middle of the road and the
sequins, pearls and other trappings mainstream recognition.

Her third album is a fine piece of work. In the ten songs
comprising this new collection we find her looking away
from the suave interiority of her wonderful 2008 recording
'To Survive' and backwards over her shoulder to her first,
eponymously titled, EP. The sound is grittier and earthier
than we have come to know and utilises a rock-oriented ensemble
to beef up the full-bodied arrangements. That Ms Wasser comes
on like a pagan priestess in the cover photography seems
entirely correct. Part Earth Mother, part Boedicea she rules
the musical forces with which she has surrounded herself!

The majority of the compositions are very good indeed.
Opening track 'Nervous' is one of her most exciting ideas to date.
Ms Wasser's idiosyncratic mewling nasal drawl has rarely sounded
better. It is a song which twists and turns in a delightfully
unpredictable way. The guitars chug and howl, the Hammond warbles
and splutters and the drums pump and splat along merrily behind her.
The concluding jam is an absolute riot!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reverence 25 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
The sound on this album is striking from the outset. The feeling is remarkable.
Using the sound space to create effects which compliment the songs is nothing new, nor is the use of environmental found sound material but the whole feels very dynamic.
Much the same reaction occurred listening to the songs, where nothing sounds directly innovative but which show the influence from across a broad spectrum of genre as few artists have either the knowledge or skill to bring off.
The Blues, Motown, Philadelphia Soul, experimental rock and much from the great mavericks of American modernism are incorporated into a rare, uniquely personal style which is reverentially applied to songs of great sensitivity and allure.
This is a truly great recording.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and new 1 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
This CD might be slightly off the wall but is well worth a listen - shades of Ry Cooder mixed with .....? Fun!
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