If following up one of the best Atlantic debuts in recent years seemed a daunting task, it only served to fire up Newfoundlander Bragg. Sure, some of his quirks have been directed into a more definable blend of swamp guitar and difficult women, but his voice is still a cross between a billy goat and Patti Smith. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a clear signature. His voice is an extra instrument which roils the tensions of the thunderous “Born Trade,” his most relentless rocker to date. It conveys both tenderness and dread through the dense metaphors of “The Bridge.” Bragg’s touch with the organ owes more to carnivals and old horror movies than progressive rock, yet another reason he’s one of the more identifiable artists around…after two albums!