Real Life (Joan as Police Woman album)

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Real Life
Studio album by Joan as Police Woman
Released June 12, 2006 (UK), June 12, 2007 (US)
Recorded Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Genre Jazz, Pop Rock
Length 38:14
Bonus disc: 15:25
Label Reveal Records (United Kingdom)
Producer Bryce Goggin, Joan Wasser
Joan as Police Woman chronology
Real Life
(2006)
To Survive
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]

Real Life is the debut album by Joan as Police Woman, released on Reveal Records in the UK on June 12, 2006, and a year later in the United States. In addition to the standard jewel-case release, it was released in a limited-edition digipak[4] with Joan Wasser art card and also a 2-disc expanded edition.[5]

Real Life features one song, "I Defy", co-written by Antony and the Johnsons singer Antony Hegarty, who also contributes vocals to the track.

The album has received much critical acclaim, being variously described as "splendidly slinky",[6] "a magical journey",[7] and "a fine showcase".[8] In her review in The Guardian, Caroline Sullivan described the album as "pensive and gentle; sometimes stately of tempo, sometimes slightly breathless, but always erring on the side of lovely understatement."[9]

In early 2008, Real Life won in The 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Joan Wasser except as indicated.

  1. "Real Life" - 4:38
  2. "Eternal Flame" - 3:39
  3. "Feed the Light" - 3:41
  4. "The Ride" - 3:09
  5. "I Defy" (Antony Hegarty, Wasser) - 3:32
  6. "Flushed Chest" - 3:55
  7. "Christobel" - 3:06
  8. "Save Me" - 3:44
  9. "Anyone" - 4:50
  10. "We Don’t Own It" - 3:55

The 2-CD edition featured the additional tracks:

  1. "Show Me the Life" - 2:32
  2. "Broken Eyes" - 2:48
  3. "Sweet Thing" (David Bowie) - 3:13
  4. "Happiness Is a Violator (For Condoleezza Rice)" - 1:53
  5. "Endless Supply of Poison" - 0:52
  6. "We Don't Own It" - 4:04

Musicians[edit]

Joan As Police Woman:

with:

References[edit]