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Joan As Police Woman

by Joan As Police Woman

Indie music icon Joan Wasser's JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN delivers rock, soul and love songs for the lonely.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. my gurl
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2. prime mover
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3. stagger into the light
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4. game of life
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5. how come you're so solid gold?
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Album Notes
JOAN WASSER is a superfoxxx. She also writes songs, sings and plays a lot of instruments. She changed the profile of the violin in rock music and has now extended this innovative voice to singing and song-writing through her solo project, JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN. Joan leads her trio on guitar and wurlitzer accompanied by bass and drums.

Joan's songs, voice and stage presence have garnered comparisons to Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Prince, and Chrissie Hynde--but comparisons will never do justice to her unique voice and brazen attitude. Known for her untamed and intimate live shows, Wasser's spare and dynamic arrangements (composed on guitar and Wurlitzer) are complimented by emotional lyrics sung at one moment in a deep throaty swoon and the next in a high wail. Add to this the way she puts her spell on an audience, and you have some of the elements that make Joan Wasser a unique artist.

Joan studied violin classically and as soon as she could pronounce the word "punk", began to shatter the instrument's tradition with her bands The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls and Mind Science of the Mind. She began breaking hearts with her voice in Black Beetle and now takes center stage and plays for packed houses in NYC with JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN--a musical project that delivers rock, soul and love songs for the lonely.

She has recorded with Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright (who she recently accompanied on Letterman), played live with Nick Cave, Soul Asylum, Sebadoh, Helium, Laurie Anderson, played for the Dali Lama, did Lollapolooza, Montreal Jazz Fest and Conan O'Brien with her own projects.

Joan Wasser is a groundbreaking artist who defies easy classification. She's a rock-jazz-punk-folk-r&b singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and violinist. She's all of these --with undeniable soul.


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i'm in such love...
i love, love, love this disc and listen to it over and over and over. joan has an amazing talent and an amazing, wonderful, powerful voice. this disc is enough of a taste to make you hungry for much, much more.

Tom Moore

Unexpected pleasure
Her previous work didn't prepare me for this album at all, instead of a Dambuilderesque jam and screaming this is almost neosoul. A pleasure to get something you didn't see coming.

Ann Driscoll

This Album is totally sweet
I saw Joan open for Joseph Arthur and, curious, checked out the samples. Liking what I heard, I bought the album...Let me just say that this album exposes everything that's wrong with music today. It requires multiple listens, it's smart and complex, it's meaningful, poetic... Usually there's a reason why independent artists aren't signed. There's some kind of "catch" that limits their appeal. There isn't one, except that Joan's music is complex and interesting, and that is apparently unacceptable to the music industry nowadays...

Track by track:
"My Gurl," among others, has a beautiful turn of a phrase. ("we're keeping the sea sated, oh") I had to listen to this section over and over. Just a great song.

"Prime Mover"- The chorus has excellent harmonies too: "I want everything." This stuff defines what soulful, sexy music should be.

"Stagger into the Light"- another excellent, serpentine kind of chord structure song that is at once limitless and yet planned-out.

"The Game of Life"- catchy, accessible tune

"how come you're so solid gold"- Another arresting melody and song.

What a superlatively talented songwriter/musician/and singer...How Joan writes these songs is beyond me. She is not only great for being independent and self-released, but she's just all-around great.


Joan's CD makes me hold my breath... and release. The instrumentation is diverse, the harmonies make me tingle, her voice is beautiful. And it's always surprising, there are almost songs within the songs. It just makes me go "oooh".

Chris Weekly

WOW JoAn i'll seethe and i'll slither towards YOUR hotlights!!!!
This ep is AMAZING! Joans lyrics are thoughtful and refreshing. Her voice is so smooth and sexy it will make your blood pump so fast you'll type faster than you ever have (if you listen to it while typing). Enjoy this cd people. And Joan thanks for producing an album with so much talent, soul, and allure that it brings a smile to my face every day!!!

ginger wildwood

Great Introduction to an indie rock icon !!!!!
I was not very familiar with Joan's solo work. I didn't even know she had gone solo until this. I like what I hear so far. The violin is great in "Game of Life" and I love "Solid Gold".
Can't wait to hear the whole cd.

ginger wildwood

Great Introduction to an indie rock icon !!!!!
I was not very familiar with Joan's solo work. I didn't even know she had gone solo until this. I like what I hear so far. The violin is great in "Game of Life" and I love "Solid Gold".
Can't wait to hear the whole cd.


Nice! (not an adjective i thought would apply)
Not what I was expecting at all in terms of sound, it takes a few listens for the songs to sink in & oh boy is it worth the time! A bloody excellent set of songs! More please!


This EP is amazing. Beautiful and haunting, Joan takes you into her world without you relizing. She has a delicous voice and is mind-blowing live. Joan uses emotion to drive her music and is a musician/artist in the truest sense.


best cd made this year
this cd is emotionally-driven, with insightful and relatable lyrics. her voice and the instruments always coincide beautifully. i love it and recommend it to anyone (but be careful, because you'll listen to it over and over)!
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