Joan As Policewoman – ‘The Classic’

Joan As Policewoman - 'The Classic'


Despite its presumptuous title, Joan Wasser's latest has hints of greatness and grating

Joan Wasser’s fifth album might have a slightly presumptuous title, but it certainly has the stuff of greatness in it. From the moment the cavorting orchestral waves of opener ‘The Witness’ are let loose, the record’s acrobatics are almost overwhelming and never let up. Even the title track’s take on ’50s/’60s girl group is complex and intricate beneath its melody’s simple waltz. Elsewhere, ‘Get Direct’ is near seven minutes of dark and minimalist weird-pop, while ‘New Year’s Day’ sees Wasser’s vocals reach their emotional peak atop a meandering tune full of tension. It’s not an easy listen and moments, notably the faux-soul of ‘Shame’, can grate, but this is a fascinating and rich record.

Mischa Pearlman


Record label: Play It Again Sam
Release date: 10 Mar, 2014