11 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Classic delivers on whatever promises Joan Wasser made three years ago with the masterful The Deep Field. If the spy-movie track “Witness” is too subtle an opener for some, “Holy City” is the explosion of melody, rhythm, and soulful production that’s made Wasser a first-rate talent. The title track shows just how badly Wasser wants your heart and your undivided attention. She's no shrinking violet; she's a vocal stylist who mixes old and new as only someone who’s studied her craft can do. (For the record, it’s “The C-L-A-S-S-I-C” as in “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”) She's not afraid to stretch out and take her time. The album’s middle is led by a quartet of tunes looming around the six-to-seven-minute mark, where the subtler moves are made and even Wasser admits that life’s demands can get to you. But there are orchestral bits, a consistently moving arsenal of beats, and moody keyboards to provide comfort while she pumps it up for the brass section of “Shame” and the Philly soul shimmer of “Ask Me.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Classic delivers on whatever promises Joan Wasser made three years ago with the masterful The Deep Field. If the spy-movie track “Witness” is too subtle an opener for some, “Holy City” is the explosion of melody, rhythm, and soulful production that’s made Wasser a first-rate talent. The title track shows just how badly Wasser wants your heart and your undivided attention. She's no shrinking violet; she's a vocal stylist who mixes old and new as only someone who’s studied her craft can do. (For the record, it’s “The C-L-A-S-S-I-C” as in “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”) She's not afraid to stretch out and take her time. The album’s middle is led by a quartet of tunes looming around the six-to-seven-minute mark, where the subtler moves are made and even Wasser admits that life’s demands can get to you. But there are orchestral bits, a consistently moving arsenal of beats, and moody keyboards to provide comfort while she pumps it up for the brass section of “Shame” and the Philly soul shimmer of “Ask Me.” 

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

goandaskme ,

yes! again!

Saving us all, one album at a time.

Laetitia Don ,

Get This!!

Deliverance in the most classic sense.

Bluuuzz ,

WOW

Joan's voice is so rich...this release is just one more gem.

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