LEE HARVEY OSMOND play the Great Hall on March 22. See listings. Rating: NNN
Tom Wilson's atmospheric, sometimes spooky sophomore album, with his band Lee Harvey Osmond, begins with a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's Oh, Linda, which - much like the original - opens with just voice and upright bass. From there, the album kicks into gear with jangly guitar, vibraphone, percussion, harmonica and backup vocals on Devil's Load.
The in-room noise and talking that Blackie and the Rodeo Kings member Wilson and producer Michael Timmins have left in lend the record a laid-back, organic vibe, though it also sounds slickly layered and produced.
Best are the vocal collaborations, like slow-burning Break Your Body (with Hawksley Workman), used in a short film starring Wilson and Kathleen Edwards, and Deep Water (featuring Margo Timmins).
Elsewhere the record functions as mellow, psychedelic background music - with a good groove and cool delivery but less than memorable songs.
Top track: Break Your Body