Joan as Police Woman is the brainchild of violinist/singer/songwriter Joan Wasser. We seem to
be seeing quite a few violinist/singer/songwriter/women these days. Charlie Daniels should return!
While we wait for that to happen, let’s talk about Joan. Her pedigree shows in her music–she was a member of Dambuilders, and has worked with Jeff Buckley, Tonya Donnelly, and many others.
Her 2006 release, â€œReal Life,â€ kicks off with the title track, featuring breathy nightclub vocals and simple instrumentationâ€”One piano. And thatâ€™s enough, because her voice alone fills the room. One of the best cuts on the album, â€œThe Ride,â€ is deceptively simple yet a deeper listen is rewarding. And stuck in the right side of the CD is a B-Sides disc that I almost missed, featuring a David Bowie cover and a few tunes that even better than what she included on the album. Especially the almost-acappella, â€œâ€Show Me The Life,â€ and her ode to Condoleezza [sp] Rice, â€œHappiness is a Violator (For Condoleezza Rice.â€ The B-sides tracks contains the only rockers on the two-disc set, and they provide a welcome change of pace from steady, consistently beautiful but slow-to-midtempo â€œReal Lifeâ€ tracks.