Picks and Pans Review: The Trinity Session

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Cowboy Junkies

Margo Timmons, the lead singer of this eccentric Toronto-based quartet, has a resonant voice full of texture and subtlety. Maybe some day Timmons and her bandmates (her brothers Michael and Peter and Alan Anton) will make an enjoyable record. This one, billed as "an exploration of country music," isn't it. The exploration seems to have taken the form of boiling all the melody out of 10 songs. On such tracks as the Hank Williams standard I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry or Waylon Jennings' Dreaming My Dreams with You, Margo, in fact, appears to be singing the harmony half of a duet while whoever is responsible for the melody line goes out for coffee. The effect is that this album is something like one of those Music Minus One records, where everything is provided except the lead singer. Timmons sounds capable of much more, but this album, recorded in a Toronto church, is an unanswered prayer. (RCA)

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