Condensing the depth and complexity of a Joan of Arc record into a terse string of words is impossible. Instead, please accept this list of half-assed associations. This disc's opener, "Questioning Benjamin Franklin's Ghost," is an out-of-whack tap dance of piano, cello and babbling that revisits the crankier side of the late-'70s Rough Trade catalogue (Red Krayola, Robert Wyatt) while meditating on the identity of identity of itself. "Abigail, Cops and Animals" uses a tonal replica of the intro to Queen's "You're My Best Friend" to reconfigure the pig-baiting sentiment of Black Flag's "Police Story." But the... More >>>