Real Life (Joan as Police Woman album)

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Real Life
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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]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin 7/10[7]
Stylus Magazine B+[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[9]

Real Life is the first album by Joan as Police Woman, released by 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[10] with Joan Wasser art card and as a 2-disc expanded edition.[11]

"I Defy" was co-written by the Antony and the Johnsons' singer Antony Hegarty, who also contributed vocals to the track. In September 2006, she performed a live-session at the BBC.[12]

The album has received much critical acclaim, being variously described as "splendidly slinky",[13] "a magical journey",[14] and "a fine showcase".[15] 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."[16]

In early 2008, Real Life won in The 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album.[17]

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 had 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]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (June 8, 2007). "Real Life". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  3. ^ The Guardian review
  4. ^ Hubbard, Michael (June 12, 2006). "Joan As Police Woman – Real Life". musicOMH. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ "Joan As Police Woman". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Hunter, James (July 23, 2007). "Joan As Police Woman, ‘Real Life’". Spin. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Forrester, Iain (September 13, 2006). "Joan as Police Woman – Real Life". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Berman, Judy. "Joan as Police Woman – Real Life / B-Sides". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Real Life, Reveal, 2006-06-12, retrieved 2016-12-04 
  11. ^ Real Life, Reveal Records, 2007-07-23, retrieved 2016-12-04 
  12. ^ "Joan as Police Woman – Archive session (2006), 20/10/2011, Gideon Coe - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  13. ^ Joan as Police Woman: Real Life: Pitchfork Record Review
  14. ^ www.t75.org. "IndieLondon: Joan As Police Woman – Real Life – Your London Reviews". www.indielondon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  15. ^ Joan as Police Woman – Real Life, Stylus
  16. ^ "Joan As Police Woman, Real Life", The Guardian
  17. ^ Independent Music Awards – 7th Annual Winners