Two years after making waves with her debut solo album Real Life, Joan as Police Woman (nee Joan Wasser) will be releasing a sophomore effort titled To Survive on June 10th via Cheap Lullaby Records.
After years of performing alongside the likes of Lou Reed, Anthony and the Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright, Joan struck out on a solo path – creating Joan as Police Woman and honing a soulful yet edgy sound that immediately grabbed the attention of critics and audiences. Real Life was released in the UK in 2006 and the US in 2007 to rave reviews. To Survive follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with ten new tracks addressing life, love, death, and the current state of American politics.
Joan as Police Woman will be performing at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, May 14th before embarking on an overseas tour throughout the month of June
What the Press said about Joan as Police Woman’s debut album, Real Life (2007 US / 2006 UK) :
“Real Life is one of the strongest and most distinctive records released in ages. Buy it now.”
“Stunning” (4 stars)
“There might not be a better debut all year.”
“There is a fire in the sophistication, could be Willie Mitchell producing a more melodic Kim Gordon” (4 stars)
“Joan Wasser is the best champagne in the world. A voice so wondrous and moving that it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane, the indie generation’s Dusty Springfield. ‘The Ride’ is the most majestic sad song ever and so good it will make you shiver.”
The Guardian (Record of the Week)
“Don’t be misled by her band’s kooky name: there’s no role-playing here, nor the slightest trace of affectation in Wasser’s soulful, sandpaper voice. Just 10 short songs – memorable brushes with love and other obsessions – performed with a sincerity that is both heartfelt and heartbreaking.
Telegraph Review – Included in “The Finest Albums of 2006” feature
“A unique and creative expression with few sonic peers, Real Life is the sound of Wasser perfecting her craft, building emotional arrangements around gorgeous melodies, sometimes stark and often haunting.”
Voted #60 in the 100 Greatest Albums of 2006; “Eternal Flame” voted #46 in 100 Great Undiscovered Tracks of 2006