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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2012
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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. So far this is my favourite.
The opening title track is a captivating song, with a gorgeous melody sung with a huskily hypnotic intensity by Joan at her most imtimate. It`s unforgettable when she sings the line:

Be reckless with me

The rest of this excellent grower of a record is inventive, beautifully recorded and filled with songs of varying degrees of inspiration - I`m waiting for Joan to record that perfect album.
Anthony Hegarty sings to good effect on the superb I Defy, with a euphoric piano riff towards the end. The following Flushed Chest is cheekily spooky, and goes down a treat.
She`s backed throughout by a sympathetic band, and the whole thing has a haunting feel to it that, to some extent, shows Joan as the original talent she undoubtedly is.
On the other albums I`ve heard by this very likeable woman, there`s something missing, drowned in too much production and massed synths. I like to hear a more stripped down sound from her, that allows her songs room to breathe, much as she showed on that Sandy Denny tribute, which had her at her piano backed only by a small folk band. This superb album comes close to that ideal.
I admire the striking, beguilingly raunchy Joan a lot, and this is well worth listening to and living with, one of her best albums. I like it the more I listen to it...
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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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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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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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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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