The departure of Ryan Vanderhoof has reduced freak-folk heroes Akron/Family to a trio, but don't assume that means they've trimmed down their expansive and textured sonic freak-outs. In fact, they seem to have gone in the other direction, discovering their inner prog rockers and generally amping everything up.
Their rock side is louder and more aggressive, their folk excursions gentler, and the experimental aspects weirder and wilder. Mood-wise, there's less of the unhinged joy of their last outing, Love Is Simple. However, those moments of ecstasy have more power in smaller doses, and making that choice has allowed them to expand their palette while retaining their identity.
The most effective new flavours on this album are the acid rock rave-ups and occasional walls of noise. The contrast between the soft bits and the hard edges makes for a much more dynamic experience - not that they were really lacking that before.
Top track: Everyone Is Guilty