The Budos fixed the main problem I had with their first album (being that it was mostly rhythm beds without much melodic interest.) The songs on this album are much tighter and more elaborately crafted. There are horn solos, which were noticeably lacking from the first album. The Band lays down a funky groove and then actually TAKES it somewhere, making the whole album very satisfying to listen to. The mix oozes with faux-retro lo-fi beauty, like the band went back in time to 1970 to record this (how did they get that sound???)
My only complaint - which keeps me from awarding the full 5 stars - is still the organ. This time Mr. Deller has upgraded from whatever sorry piece of junk he was using on the first album, to a vintage Farfisa ... he plays it well, but the Farfisa has a transistorized, electronic, synthy-plastic sound far more suited to psychedelic rock than to afro-beat and soul jazz. In this genre my ear really wants to hear the gutsy, grinding tone of an overdriven Hammond B-series organ. The Farfisa sound (though better than the previous organ) was a poor fit and dragged the mix down from the perfection to which it aspired.
Anyway, that's my opinion. The fact is, the Budos Band gets better every time I listen, and if they keep improving, maybe the third time will be the charm. Please, Budos, try again! I may be a critic but I'm also a fan. These guys are doing stuff I wish I could do.