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Damned Devotion

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Damned Devotion

Fifth full-length release from the Connecticut indie singer-songwriter Joan Wasser

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  1. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Her subject matter remains essentially the same on Damned Devotion, dealing mostly with the entrancing, maddening complexities of love
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Exquisite, tenderly fraught torch-soul songs of compulsion and regret, where the lights are dimmed, the feelings run deep and the hushed elasticity of her voice commands close attention
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  3. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Embraces the messy as well as the smooth, and the balance here is as perfect as Wasser’s ever likely to strike
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A brilliant self-help resource
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Understated and underrated
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    This is a beautiful, soul-searching record. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Throughout, Joan still sounds as bewitched, bothered and bewildered by love, a timeless sensation that transcends digital intervention. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    If 2014's The Classic was a high-concept exercise in soul pastiche, here she returns to her core territory, forensically charting the human heart, tracking the course of midlife love, lust and loss
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A stripped-back sound that oozes sexuality and regret
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    A return to what Wasser does best - blending mood and atmosphere with classic soul, contemporary R&B and modern technology
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  11. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    While it sometimes isn’t the smoothest of rides, there’s more than enough here to help maintain a sense of devotion to Wasser’s work
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  12. 7.0 |   music OMH

    While Damned Devotion is not the Police Woman at her most arresting, it is nevertheless a solid showing from a performer who always has plenty to say
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  13. 6.3 |   Earbuddy

    Wasser’s lyrics are strong for sure and fit nice in the smoky atmosphere that Damned Devotion creates. However, it’s a bit too soft at times; suggesting that Wasser had much scarier things to say and she didn’t say them
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  14. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Joan Wasser feels reinvigorated on Damned Devotion and, as with her debut, this is one we’ll be coming back to
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  15. 6.0 |   The FT

    Most of Damned Devotion’s tracks find Wasser dispensing with the intro, striking up her singing immediately
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