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Joan as Police Woman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reveal
  • ASIN: B000F5GKTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. I Defy 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flushed Chest 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Christobel 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Save Me 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Anyone 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. We Don't Own It 3:550.99  Buy MP3 

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Long time Rufus Wainwright and Antony And The Johnsons friend and collaborator steps into the limelight with a stunning debut full length release. Limited Edition digi-pack with numbered art print.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan As Excellent Singer/Songwriter 14 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is truly sublime. Joan Wasser has a beautiful voice which never sounds less than perfect. There are not a wide range of styles here, but Joan sticks to what she does best: soothing soul and magical melodies. My personal favourite is "I Defy", which contains singing from Anthony of Anthony and the Johnsons fame, a band Joan Wasser is part of.

But "The Ride" and "Eternal Flame" are certainly excellent, with the rest of the songs all of high quality too.

This is definitely worth what I paid for, and more. I highly recommend it, this CD is simply fantastic. Buy it now!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore this at your peril 28 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
I wish the record of the year lists you usually get around Christmas were out now, this would be at the top of my list. I can't see anything else coming close. I beg you all to go out and buy this, don't let it be another undiscovered treasure that gets lost.

I bought this largely because of her collaborations, I was not sure exactly what to expect, but thought it would be worth a look. It was not an instant hit on first listen, but after the second, third....... and a few weeks later I am still under it's spell and can't stop listening to it.

The more you listen, the more you get from it, 10 tracks of pure gold, the only problem is, it's at an end before you know it.

Whenever I mention Joan as Police Woman I tend to get blank looks, this should not be! This is exceptionally good quality music, well written and performed. Her voice has a seductive depth, that lulls you into her world and keeps you there, wanting more. The haunting ghost like backing vocals are unusual and add a certain something.

She is a first rate musician as she has proved in her collaborations, but now she is proving herself in her own right. Also the live show sounds fantastic, every bit as good as the record, with the added pleasure of being in Joan Wasser's magnificent company.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Another CD I bought after being having it continuously recommended to me by Amazon. Looking at the other reviews suggested that this was something not to be missed.

So what of it? Well I'm not sure it deserves to be up there as one of the best albums of 2006 but it is good. As a debut this shows considerable accomplishment. Joan Wasser certainly has an excellent voice and the production quality on this album is sublime. Musically it's good throughout. But what about the songs? Whilst they are well written they do lack a little ... "oomph".

The opener "Real Life" is excellent but the following tracks do seem to become a little indistinguishable after a bit. Most of the songs are slow crooning affairs that owe more than a little to 80's chanteuse Sade. "Christobel" and "Save Me" are a little more upbeat and save the album from dropping into little more than something put together by a night club singer (admittedly a very good one).

Okay so I know this review won't please everyone but even though this work is very accomplished it lacks a little originality for me and suffers from being a little slow-paced. If you like good well-written albums by talented female singer-songwriters then this will suit you down to the ground. She is very talented no doubt but I hope as she progresses she tries to get a little "edgier". A good buy but not album of the year. (7.5/10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-taken risk! 9 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having read favourable newspaper and Amazon reviews of Joan As Police Woman, I decided to take a risk and check this album out, despite not having heard any tracks from it-I'm really glad I did. Although Rufus Wainwright and Antony and The Johnsons can sometimes seem a little 'off the wall' in their musical styles,I nevertheless enjoyed the latter's album last year-for all those who find Anthony Hegarty's work a bit strange and thus are worried that JAPW's album is going to be of a similar strain, do not fear-'Real Life' is a very good album with great melodies sung by an incredible voice (Joan's vocals reminds me of Regina Spektor,)without being too 'arthouse'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning debut full length 14 Jun 2006
By alan
Format:Audio CD
shimmering soulful excellence... the self titled e.p. set the tone, now the full scale of joan's songwriting genius can be consumed by all on the j.a.p.w debut full-length. having witnessed these songs live it's great to now be able to go back to them whenever the feeling arises, and believe me, it will...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be huge ! 20 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's astounding just how talented the current NYC mafia is ! The latest to emerge fully formed from the shadows is Joan Wasser who appears here with her debut full length album

(her earlier EP is also a stunner).

The opening track immediately establishes the sheer quality and beauty on offer here. A voice to die for ! Throughout a varied selection of ten songs, she takes us on many unpredictable melodic twists and turns, all of which are impeccably played, sung, and recorded.

Although she has sung and played with Rufus and Antony's bands, this is purely her own creation, although Antony does guest wonderfully on one track.

This is one of those albums that you just want to play again and again, as one by one these little gems reveal themselves. It repays multiple listens with a depth and melodic sense which is all too rare in music these days.

Catch her live if you can while she's in the UK. I saw her in Leeds and she was absolutely stunning.

Coldplay fans need not apply.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arc of Joan
Having seen the striking Joan Wasser on a TV tribute to Sandy Denny, I immediately realised what I might have been missing and so ordered a trio of her albums. Read more
Published 20 months ago by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon recommended, frequently; I recommend, cautiously
I'm another who, having had Amazon push this at me frequently, moved from 'who the...?' to giving in and ordering it. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Tony Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
This is such a beautiful album it has hardly been out of the cd player since it arrived. I bought it after Jamie Cullum recommended it on his radio program and have not been... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Fandange
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
I find the reviews here quite puzzling. I found this record to be very middle-of-the-road. Her voice lacks passion somehow and a lot of the songs are quite bland.
Published on 30 Nov 2008 by James Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars An Arresting Performance
My first encounter with the wonderful Ms Wasser
came in 2005 when I saw her open for Rufus Wainwright
at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars grown up fun
Having come across JOPW's music through a friend, I was expecting something fairly decent. I was thrilled by what I found. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2007 by J. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
I think that word is infact an understatment. Joan Wasser is a talent beyond most other modern singer/song writers. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2006 by Toby Staunton
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