Real Life (2007) Joan Wasser's star is often eclipsed by the talented men she's associated with — her collaborators Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) and Rufus Wainwright,… 2007-05-29 Joan as Police Woman Rock
Music Review

Real Life (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Lead Performance: Joan as Police Woman; Genre: Rock

Joan Wasser's star is often eclipsed by the talented men she's associated with — her collaborators Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) and Rufus Wainwright, not to mention her former bandmate and lover Jeff Buckley. With Real Life, she could steal back some of that sparkle for herself. Wasser's warm, dusky vocals recall Dusty Springfield, and her evocative, incisive lyrics, an early Ricki Lee Jones. On standout tracks such as the aching lullaby ''The Ride'' and the anthemic ''Christobel,'' she is, in a word, arresting. B+ DOWNLOAD THIS: Christobel

Originally posted Jun 08, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints