I read a couple of negative reviews about this album, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is much closer to the rich, multilayered sound of The Greatest and Jukebox than, say, Moon Pix, but in this case the instruments you'll notice most are drums and synthesizer. Apparently (according to comments Cat Power made in an interview), she wanted to push herself musically and do something she hadn't done before, which is why she deliberately tossed the stuff she'd written on guitar, and sat down with a synthesizer to play around with some new sounds. Thanks to their presence, this IS a different-sounding album. At the same time, though, there is still a darkness to even the most up-tempo songs, so the music is very reminiscent of the "southern gothic" sound of Powers' previous albums. I thought several songs sounded futuristic--like something you might hear in a movie while looking at a dark, rainy, Blade Runner-esque landscape, or perhaps as the soundtrack while someone walks into a dark nightclub.
I have eclectic tastes and so I was quite pleased with the purchase; as soon as I finished listening to the album the first time around, I put it on again. I never thought I'd hear Cat Power playing around with auto tune, but that and all the other electronic bells and whistles work. She's got a great hear for music and, of course, a great voice, which is a combo that is hard to beat.