Lee Harvey Osmond - A Quiet Evil
First things first, there is no Lee Harvey Osmond. Lee is actually singer songwriter Tom Wilson who, aided and abetted by some Cowboy Junkies discovered the genre of ‘acid folk’ in a Toronto garage. Those expecting Trinity Sessions part two will, however, be sorely disappointed for A Quiet Evil is cut from a very different cloth indeed. Wilson’s gravel throated drawl is far more akin to Alabama 3 and it’s almost impossible to discern the contributions of Michael and Margot Timmins to this album. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with LHO’s swamp rock meanderings, but it must be of some concern when the best track here, by far, is a faithful rendition of the Velvet Underground’s ‘I Can’t Stand It’, particularly when it pales into insignificance in comparison to Cowboy Junkies' 'Sweet Jane'. This is an album which is a textbook definition of (shudder) Americana and will doubtless appeal to fans of Dr John, Tom Waits and Calexico, but says nothing to me about my life.