As with its predecessor, "Floratone II" is a mix of cerebral Rock with curious infusions of Jazz, Americana and orchestral music. The mood is dark and intense. 'Snake, Rattle' showcases some of Jon Brion's keyboard work which mostly engages the periphery. Trumpeter Ron Miles turns up the brass on songs like 'More Pluck." Throughout the album, Matt Chamberlain makes one of the strongest contributions as his ambitious rhythms dazzle. The melancholy of 'Not Over Ever' seems to reference Gershwin's 'My Man's Gone Now.' 'Move' may be the album's cookin' highlight. The drums lay down a bed of anxious polyrhythms as Bill Frisell strums a menacing rift that moves into a release filled chorus. Playing the viola, Eyvind Kang sounds like a one man string section on the ever so funky, 'Do You Have It?' Chamberlain again sparkles when he plays what sounds like a tongue drum on 'Gimme Some.' It's a fun song and one of the album's strongest offerings. While the recording falls under the Floratone moniker, it feels like a Bill Frisell album. Indeed, the primary critique of "Floratone II" is that it's interesting but remarkably familiar and not just when compared to the initial release. The quirky brass and string arrangements ('The Time, The Place -Part 2,' 'Parade' 'No Turn Back') bear a striking resemblance to those found on Frisell albums like "Quartet." Looking back, the freshman Floratone release worked but needed stronger song writing and a more spirited performance. In contrast, "Floratone II" is an improvement in both categories. It may never be considered essential, but "Floratone II" is the perfect soundtrack to those reflective moments around 1 AM.