The eclectic LP goes rustic on the spaghetti western-styled "Algiers," snapping into place Morricone-style with unplugged six-string strums, castanet clacks and more. Elsewhere, a sullen Dulli stares into the city lights for the late night driving tune "Can Rova," sounding as if he's getting closer to the action as the track heads from the spare pump of a harmonium and mellow guitar atmospherics into a full-on Ibiza-style house-pop explosion.
The album's experiments, which employ the talents of soundscaper Mark McGuire and guitarist Johnny "Natural" Najera, help set apart the tracks from past work, though the ghost of the '90s still crunches along on more rock-centred songs like "Royal Cream" and "The Lottery." That said, the record is just playing true to form for the veterans, proving that the beast is back with teeth bared and a few more tricks up its hairy sleeves. (Sub Pop)