Tom Wilson looks like a musician. One who has seen his share of people, places, and things. One who has made a living creating music across three decades and innumerable genres. More importantly, he sounds like a musician who has lived and done these things, the essence of a life in music imbuing his songs with weight and authenticity. Above all, the years of performing and writing songs have helped him hone his craft, giving him the ability to whittle his songs down to their simplest forms before building them back into the most complete versions of themselves. Years of collaborations and solo efforts have led him to his latest project: an excellent album recorded, with friends, under the name LeE HARVeY OsMOND.
The album is called A Quiet Evil, and let’s face it, that’s a great name. For it Wilson gathered a group of friends, including a couple of Cowboy Junkies and some Skydiggers. Though the album features a five-piece band, the songs work equally well with just Wilson on an acoustic guitar, a sign that they’re really well written. Wilson calls them “Acid Folk”, but to me they just sound like good, honest music: a bit of folk, a bit of blues, and a bit of country.
Great lyrics paired with a great arrangement, evoking imagery of a great movie. It’s a tough combination to beat. “One flew east, and one flew west. They both flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”
“I Can’t Stand It”
With a little more shuffle than the rest of the album, “I Can’t Stand It” closes the album on a high note.
“Kill This High”