Carl Henry Brueggen's second EP expands the lineup of his first, adding a chamber quartet and accordion, the first of which contributes to the grandeur of the record and the second of which lends to it the charm of the old world. Vocalist Nora O'Connor, wisely called back from the first EP and given more space, says much more with her wordless ooohs than many vocalists say with real language. Aside from O'Connor's vocal, "Man's Favorite Sport" belongs to pianist D. Edward Davis (who's exceptional in the Brazilian style of piano solos) and flute player Steve Eisen. Accordionist Joseph Vito finally gets his feature on the third song, "Rum Toddy," and he proves a master of cleverly modulating his tone while keeping his notes relatively similar.
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AllMusic Review by John Bush