Consumer Guide Album
Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers: Sounds From a Bygone Age: Vol. 2 [Asphalt Tango, 2006]
Puceanu was indeed beloved in Bucharest, and playing her album twice proves she deserved to be. To call her the Gypsy Holiday or Piaf is to diminish her individuality: She's more virtuosic than either without showing off, and less pained whatever the cultural baggage of her appointed repertoire. Led by the two cousins who discovered her, the band is her other half--clean, swift, and economical--with Aurel Gore's violin determining the tone, Victor Gore's accordion dominating the coloration, and some cymbalom whiz or other tearing up the background.