LeE HARVeY OsMOND – The Folk Sinner

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Lee Harvey Osmond is  a diverse all-star collective including Hawksley Workman, Oh Susanna, members of Skydiggers, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Cowboy Junkies. It is led and co-produced by Tom Wilson, with Michael Timmons of the Junkies helming the board as producer, engineer and mixer. Aptly titled, it is a folk album, story songs in the folk tradition with an infectious roll to it. These are the type of songs that Wilson has recorded before, but never an entire album. Lee Harvey Osmond call their sound “acid folk,” which is about as good a pithy description as any. Perhaps, a more layered, lush Youngbloods paired with the intensity of Greg MacPherson or Eugene Ripper. There is a tenderness and peacefulness to the album, the softer voice of a man who has exorcised his demons. The duet “Big Chief” has a wonderful romantic feel to it while “Honey Running” gets your toes tapping, head nodding and shoulders going. The controlled feedback in “Leave The House” brings to mind Jesus & Mary Chain’s covers of “My Girl” and “Tower of Song.” With any album there are songs that draw us more than others, and that’s true here, but there’s not a dud in the bunch. One of the standouts is “Freedom,” co-written with Colin James for his Bad Habits disc; silky smooth and rich like milk chocolate and maple whisky. The album begins with “Oh Linda,” a Gordon Lightfoot composition with stripped down instrumentation and concludes with the somber “Deep Water,” a song not unlike Daniel Lanois’ “Still Water” in tone and tempo. To oversimplify, think Junkhouse with the angst reined in. (Latent Recordings, leeharveyosmond.com) Broose Tulloch

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