Maison douce maison is a literal translation of “Home Sweet Home.” On this second album, L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus’ sound has crystallized into something more powerful, driving and accessible. A better sound, a tighter rhythm section, a enhanced in-your-face approach, and more focused writing from leader Claude St-Jean all make this CD superior to the band’s first effort. The recipe remains essentially the same: a cross between fanfare instrumentation and hot funk licks. The more avant-gardist elements found on T’auras pas ta pomme have been rerouted to St-Jean’s other outfit Les Projectionnistes. Rémi Leclerc’s drumming is inventive and precise, Jean Sabourin has better control over his sousaphone (not the easiest instrument to establish a groove). Each track will get you on your feet, but when the music’s over, you probably won’t remember a single melody from it. That’s because all tunes sound pretty much alike. Nevertheless, Maison douce maison is thoroughly enjoyable toe-tapping brass funk. Fun for the whole family.