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Joan As Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis: Let It Be You


The Guardian review of this says it “doesn’t quite do the pair justice” but we think they’ve not listened to it enough. It takes a number of plays for its charms to become apparent, but they are there.

The album sees Joan Wasser link up with New Yorker Benjamin Lazar Davis, a multi-instrumentalist, for a slick albeit alt.pop album; alt.alt maybe, as it’s an alternative to alternative music, both a bit leftfield and slickly commercial.

Opener Broke Me In Two is instantly likable and for this reason was the single, a catchy soulful/funky indie tune with falsetto from Davis and Wasser going a bit Chaka Khan. Overloaded is next and perhaps more typical, a slightly wonky synth pop tune, as is Magic Lamp, though that goes funkier towards the end.

The title track and Hurts So Bad are both strong pop tunes, while Easy Money is a drum machine-based number with a synth line from an 80s-disco hit, probably written by Rod Temperton. Closer Station is a powerful but slow ending.

This an interesting and varied album that gives the listener a complex listening experience. Probably an album you could grow to love.

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