The advance buzz on Stevens' sixth album proper was that the banjo-toter had gone digital.
And so he has. As he did before with the album Enjoy Your Rabbit. So no shock, but there is an element of risk having established an audience for first lo-fi folk and then symphonic experimentation. Will they be disappointed? They shouldn't be.
This sounds for all the world like a Sufjan Stevens album – part pop, part performance art, part mad professor. How he makes them is irrelevant now. The man can do no wrong.