I really enjoyed the first Rogues Gallery record, a very interesting collection of disparate artists and songs that somehow worked - it was also a favourite with my grandchildren (although I didn't let them hear Loudon's version of the "Good ship Venus". This second volume is understandably not quite as good but it also has an unlikely collection of artists including Macy Gray, Tim Robbins, Iggy Pop and Shane MacGowan, who again interpret a similar collection of chanteys and ballads.
This certainly isn't real 'folk' music and in many cases almost theatrical cabaret-style presentations from the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Dr. John, Iggy Pop and more understandably Anjelica Huston. Elsewhere there are really good musical performances from Richard Thompson, Marc Almond, Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, Petra Haden, Sean Lennon and Todd Rundgren. I also really enjoyed the contributions from Ed Harcourt, Patti Smith, Ivan Neville, Macy Gray and especially the combination of Tom Waits and Keef Richards singing "Shenandoah". Don't worry though, as on the first volume there is also plenty of the oddball and the weird here as well, including a nightmare rendition of "Barnacle Bill the Sailor". I love the cover as well.