On its latest outing, former Mercury Music Prize winner Gomez attempts to expand its unique blend of blues, roots, and soul by dabbling in everything from dub to electronica.

On its latest outing, former Mercury Music Prize winner Gomez attempts to expand its unique blend of blues, roots, and soul by dabbling in everything from dub to electronica. The result is a slick, curious concoction that sounds like Dave Matthews crossed with the Beta Band. While Gomez shows a wide range of influences and an ability to effectively genre-hop, the band is so consumed by tinkering with new sounds that it never quite carves out an identity of its own here. The addition of horn flourishes ("Shot Shot"), synth waves ("Ruff Stuff"), and dub beats ("Army Dub") make for more interesting experiments than bold new statements. Occasionally, the band pulls it off, as on the bouncing folktronica of "Detroit Swing 66." But by and large, the set's strongest moments occur on primarily acoustic-driven songs like the title track and "Sound of Sounds." On such tracks, Gomez stops trying to be something else and simply enjoys being Gomez.—BG