Joan As Police Woman - Real Life
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2006 Ratings: #178 / 612
User Score
Based on 5 ratings
June 12, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reveal, Cheap Lullaby / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Real Life is an almost eerily flawless album, but as intense as it is, it's also incredibly comforting. This album is necessary.

83
Entertainment Weekly
On standout tracks such as the aching lullaby ”The Ride” and the anthemic ”Christobel,” she is, in a word, arresting.
81
Pitchfork

Emerging from grief, stepping into the light, Real Life feels like a wonderfully fresh start.

80
The Guardian

Piano and violin are natural bedfellows to Joan's tremulous sigh, and these form the bedrock of Real Life, but little darts of saxophone and chutzpah keep it from expiring of terminal tweeness.

80
musicOMH
As debuts go, they don’t come much more convincing than this.
70
Spin

She rocks out ("Christobel"), detours into eccentric gospel ("Eternal Flame"), and offers soulful ballads about love and identity with a mix of skill and passion.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

None of the ten songs on her band Joan as Police Woman’s Real Life are bad, per se, but the collection of soul, jazz, and R&B numbers feels watered-down and anonymous.

50
Rolling Stone
Before striking out on her own as a singer-songwriter, Joan Wasser was a violinist, gigging and recording with Lou Reed, Tanya Donelly, and Antony and the Johnsons. If those guys rubbed off on her, it's hard to tell
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Track List

  1. Real Life
  2. Eternal Flame
  3. Feed the Light
  4. The Ride
  5. I Defy
  6. Flushed Chest
  7. Christobel
  8. Save Me
  9. Anyone
  10. We Don't Own It
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