The latest from the U.K. rock/techno unit maintains the aggressive sound of 2000's XTRMNTR while forging ahead into new sonic territory.

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26

The latest from the U.K. rock/techno unit maintains the aggressive sound of 2000's XTRMNTR while forging ahead into new sonic territory. Frontman Bobby Gillespie looks back at his roots with the Jesus & Mary Chain with such full-bore rockers as "Detroit," "Skull X," and "City" (the last of which is slathered with guitar noise courtesy of ex-My Bloody Valentine axemeister Kevin Shields). But the sound here moves all over the map, with sorties into vintage psychedelia ("Deep Hit of Morning Sun") and classic krautrock ("Autobahn 66," with its titular and musical nod to Kraftwerk). Guest shots enliven things: Robert Plant sits in on "The Lord Is My Shotgun," while supermodel Kate Moss chimes in vocally on a cover of Lee Hazelwood's "Some Velvet Morning." Gillespie's lyrics will never win any Nobels, but the musical excitement generated here is impossible to deny.—CM