ALBUM REVIEW: Joan As Police Woman / Tony Allen / Dave Okumu – The Solution is Restless | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.11.21






A culmination of improvisations between the three musicians in a Parisian studio, the opening track in itself is a daring eleven minutes long, laid-back with jazzy bass lowlights and highlights of piano, string and percussion, driven forward by the gentle clockwork ticking of the drum, Joan As Police Woman’s familiar vocals brood over the top.

There are no catchy three-minute hit songs here, but a delicately crafted emotional journey starting from late, great, Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen’s first tap on the drum. Take Me To Your Leader is a powerful melodic song inspired by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, in which America asks her for advice on running the country. Elsewhere, beautiful, seductive strings and brass combine to provide a soulful, rich tapestry.


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