Can't quite believe how much is going on on this album! It seems to contain influences of every kind of music you can think of, from rock to rap to pop to soul to indie to world beats. It is essentially a dance/hip-hop affair throughout, but with such stellar contributors as Talking Heads' David Byrne, RZA, George Clinton, Kanye West, John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the immortal Tom Waits, the breadth of scope and the quality of the songs is tremendous.
Every track is underscored by rock-solid beats and (usually) a rapped verse (albeit tuneful), leading into catchy hooks at the chorus, funky basslines and all manner of overdubbed sound effects, segues and links.
But it's the quality that shines through: Every song brings a new angle to the beats, every one is thumping, melodic and catchy. The Tom Waits performance is particularly strong - he bursts into the song at the first chorus like a clap of thunder and proceeds to rasp and sneer his way through two further verses. Just stunningly good! - he should do a whole album like this.
Even the packaging is top notch. In short, the best album I've found this year.