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  • Summary: Produced by Tyler Wood, the fourth full-length studio release for Joan Wasser features guest appearances from Joseph Arthur and Reggie Watts.
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  • Record Label: Relativity
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Holy City
I didn't say anything that I wanted to say to ya I got to talking and your eyes well they blew me away yeah Oh this is how I start My love letter But... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Uncut
    Apr 2, 2014
    An album that feels joyously cathartic as well as musically stunning. [May 2014, p.76]
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    While the album's brightness may take some getting used to, listeners who love her music for how well she expresses feelings that are universal yet hard to articulate will appreciate how vividly The Classic captures joy and what it takes to get it.
  3. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2014
    Much as Get Direct and New Year's day cry to be fleshed out, the reggaefied Ask Me suggests another way forwards, while the fiercely intelligent songs Shame and Stay sum up all that's right about this most singular artist. [Apr 2014, p.112]
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    Her fifth album is full of the kind of stylish, brassy fare that made huge stars of Amy Winehouse and Plan B. However, it often sounds more like a calculated stab at broader appeal, rather than coming from anywhere deep emotionally.
  5. Mar 11, 2014
    Whether or not The Classic finds that audience, it’s comforting to know that an artist like Joan As Policewoman is still out there to counterbalance the auto-tuned pop tartlets of the music business.
  6. 60
    It’s not an easy listen and moments, notably the faux-soul of ‘Shame’, can grate, but this is a fascinating and rich record.
  7. Mar 13, 2014
    No matter how much fun it appears to be for Wasser to try on all these different hats, developing a stronger focus on soul--or doo-wop, or girl groups, or R&B--would improve the impact considerably.

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