Joan As Police Woman's The Classic is built on foundations of a mid-sixties soul vibe that smacks of adidas holdalls, brogues, Wigan Casino and the 1970s.

'Holy City' and 'Shame' in particular are embedded with a heavy beat and fast tempo synonymous with the Tamla Motown records played at clubs like Wigan Casino or The Twisted Wheel, during the Northern Soul movement of the late sixties and early seventies.

The low-key piano chops which develop into a rousing feel good chorus in 'Holy City' and the breakdown of Joan's vocal, stuttered drum beat and the staccato singing-scatting towards the end of the track, has a distinct Curtis Mayfield feel.

'Shame' on the other hand with its funky bass-line, Nile Rodgers-esque disco guitar rhythm and Otis Reading trumpet blasts, dangerously puts the idea of trying a split leap into your head.

The title track 'The Classic' was the first song to be released from the LP and is a unique vocal number that features a bass doo-wop from singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and a beat-box backing from US comedian Reggie Watts. Emulating a classic musical style like doo-wop in a contemporary pop-song feels a tad gimmicky, but 'The Classic' is arranged in a way that doesn't undermine its originality and as the song builds to its climax with Joan's serene voice changing to a bluesy-gravel, as she cries, "I am home in your arms, and I feel like this is living...," you remember what passion and pride in a lyric sounds like.

'Get Direct' a sensual track which feels rightly out-of-place amongst the nuance soul, has a reflective and poignant organ tone that reverberates throughout; heightening the sense of longing and pining in the lyrics: "If you would be mine, we could be happy, we could be happy."

That type of up-close and personal ambiance is felt again in the final track 'Ask Me' that manoeuvres away from mid-sixties soul to mid-sixties rock-steady bringing a satisfying conclusion to Joan Wasser's fourth album. An uplifting and varied listening experience, if only some of the other tracks didn't have a habit of passing you by.