Damned Devotion

Joan As Police Woman - Damned Devotion
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #355 / 719
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2018 Ratings: #400
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
PIAS / Label
Neo-Soul, Art Pop / Genres
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The Independent
Joan Wasser may have shifted her musical approach again – swapping the Motown-ish pop-soul stylings of The Classic for a more neo-soul sound built around sparse keyboard textures supplied by herself and Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett – but her subject matter remains essentially the same on Damned Devotion, dealing mostly with the entrancing, maddening complexities of love.
The Observer

Damned Devotion embraces the messy as well as the smooth, and the balance here is as perfect as Wasser’s ever likely to strike.

The Line of Best Fit

Romantically confused, Wasser has drawn strength, inspiration and guidance from people through music to better understand relationships on this album. Damned Devotion is a brilliant self-help resource.


The masterful way Wasser balances challenging moments ... with more familiar fare makes Damned Devotion one of the most complete, and daring, portraits of her artistry.


While Damned Devotion is not the Police Woman at her most arresting, it is nevertheless a solid showing from a performer who always has plenty to say.

Drowned in Sound

The often more restrained sonic palette allows her free-flowing, acrobatic vocals the space they need to flourish, putting her squarely back in the spotlight. Wasser’s voice only aids in laying bare the themes of uncertainty and romanticism underlying Damned Devotion.

The Skinny

Undoubtedly, her desire is to strip things back and rein things in tight ... means that Damned Devotion is not an album you can play once and get a grip on. She remains sultry, she remains a late night proposition; this is music geared for the come down, but for all that there is reinvigoration here.

love Joan always, but this is minimal to the point of inducing claustrophobia.
Forgettable. Can’t see myself going back to this.
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#38/Double J

Track List

  1. Wonderful
  2. Warning Bell
  3. Tell Me
  4. Steed (for Jean Genet)
  5. Damned Devotion
  6. The Silence
  7. Valid Jagger
  8. Rely On
  9. What Was It Like
  10. Talk About It Later
  11. Silly Me
  12. I Don’t Mind
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Added on: November 3, 2017