Release Date: Jun 10, 2008
Record label: Reveal
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alternative
If To Survive is any indication, Joan Wasser's life after Real Life is calmer, but no less thoughtful, than it was before her beautifully stormy debut album. Real Life was a major statement, filled with a lifetime's worth of catharsis. To Survive doesn't try for that scope -- as the title suggests, these songs are about day to day concerns that are no less vital: aloneness, togetherness, love, hope, and righteous anger.
Here’s the only reason it’s still important to know that Joan Wasser was Jeff Buckley’s girlfriend: She’s the woman who inspired Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You,” easily one of the sexiest songs ever written. So even before we hear a note of To Survive, her second album with her band Joan As Police Woman, we know she’s gotta be pretty hot shit. And hot shit she is.
As violinist for Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Antony And The Johnsons and others, Joan Wasser possesses impeccable artistic credentials. As a former member of the Dambuilders and Those Bastard Souls, she has roots in more raucous styles. But as the leader of Joan As Police Woman, Wasser favors dramatic torch songs and artful ballads, and piano rather than violin.