Review of Eternal Flame Single by Joan as Police Woman

Joan as Police Woman
Eternal Flame
Single Review

Joan as Police Woman Eternal Flame Single

Having worked alongside artists such as Nick Cave, Antony & The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Elton John and Lou Reed among other stars, you would expect New Yorker Joan Wasser to be a pretty accomplished musician, as it goes - her album 'Real Life ' is currently subject to rapturous critical acclaim and the single Eternal Flame is her latest offering from the album.

Eternal Flame is a sweet summery pop number that oozes beauty, with low harmonised vocals, a sparse piano arrangement, and subtle guitar feedback providing an atmospheric intro, But its Joan's amazing vocal talent that really brings the song to life. The 2 B-sides take on a more minimal and sorrowful approach, 'Broken Eyes' sees Joan's searching vocals accompanied by supple & simplistic drum rythmn and guitar riff on electric. And 'Sweet Thing' (a David Bowie cover) follows a similar route.

Joan has this wonderfully soulful, almost effortless and utterly unique voice and she shows her versatility throughout the 3 songs on this release. She has the ability to adapt her vocal approach at the drop of a hat. Comparisons have been made with the likes of Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield and if you want a contemporary comparison then think like a more talented version of Corrine Bailey Rae minus some of the cheerfulness.

Eternal Flame is a very impressive release, and the 2 B-sides are arguably just as strong as the single. Pop music has rarely been this sophisticated.

Colin Burrill

Watch the stunning video for Eternal Flame here

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