Most lesbian folk albums come politically charged, to say the least, and Toronto's Evalyn Parry's is no exception. It's like flipping through NOW's front section. Oil wars, the bottled water scam, a tale on the TTC -- it's imposingly topical. But Parry doesn't get too ham-fisted. She presents her ideas, instead, through Joni-moulded songs and unusual storytelling about her life or others' -- you can't always tell. Parry has some major theatre chops, too, hence a spoken-word side to this double album, which makes an appreciable difference. Not that there aren't heavier moments. Both discs open on deadly serious notes. But songs like War Dream will definitely get less rotation than ones like Love In The Greater Toronto Area Takes Public Transportation.
Parry launches her CD at the Gladstone Hotel Sunday (February 18).