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Album Review: “Let It Be You” by Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis

Alright, I am just going to say this plainly: Let It Be You is a really good album. Each track is meticulously made to be be a sonic pleasure to your ears, with not one song being a “throw-away” on the record. Yet, I am not surprised that the collaboration between Joan As Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis would be so successful. After all, these two are notorious for their detailed, eccentric compositions that draw from vast genres to make a unique marvel of music. In Let It Be You, they uses their electric pop-rock backgrounds to elevate the beauty of Central African Republic Pygmy people’s flute ostinatos… yup!

A sign of true genius is not only your ability to reinvent yourself, but also your ability to see what is already in front of you, capture, and present it to a world that may have missed a blatant gem. Such a feat is what Joan As The Police Woman by adding African flute melodies to enlighten the synthetic rock she and Davis are known for. Both have had long, prosperous music careers, with international renown, because they are unlike any artist. They are mutually fascinated with seeing the common music thread that unites different genres like classical music, pop, jazz, and punk in to this universal art form These three genres, alone, seem to different to have a union, but in Let It Be You that union is made and strengthened through a record of versatility and brilliance.

The Central African influence of this record is subtly palpable like a light sherbet after a hefty meal. Known for their creativity and cult-like following, Let It Be You has to be the most mainstream/ mass appealed record Joan and Davis have ever produced, which is far from a bad thing. Although the electronica, punk details of their music remain fervent throughout the record, with this album there is more of a feeling like, “I can hear this on the radio”. This cannot, exactly, be said for their previous albums nor was it ever their artistic goal. Both artists make according to their heart and mindful desires, to which I am glad they used their intelligence to elaborate the beauty of Central African music and its ability to cohesively meld with other genres like punk rock. Yet, amongst the string/ percussive compositions is a voice that smolders with loneliness and sultriness: Joan Wasser.

Wasser’s voice could grill a steak to perfection with how it simmers. Such smokey vocals are perfect for lyrics that derive from isolation, and an observance of living life while feeling alienated. Such a theme is intriguing to the millions, if not billions, of people around the world that feel like outcasts to their society and even their own vision of their self. Thus, as she sings her songs with a cool, gentle rasp, she becomes the emblem for loneliness in one’s uniqueness, which is a tale close to Wasser and Davis’s artistic history. These musicians have risen on being the “only kids in their musical corner”. but Let It Be You shows that you’d rather have your own creative corner than be in some control standard. For More Information On Joan As Police Woman And Benjamin Lazar Davis  and to Buy Let It Be You Click Here.