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
To Survive
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 contributes vocals to the track.

The album has received much critical acclaim, being variously described as "splendidly slinky",[12] "a magical journey",[13] and "a fine showcase".[14] 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."[15]

In early 2008, Real Life won in The 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album.[16]

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


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