Having been a fan of TMV for only about 3 years now (stunning considering I’ve been into PROG for a good 25 years), my comments may not be taken seriously by the die-hards. I do have the entire catalogue so I’m not a complete novice.
I can’t understand the complaining. Every release has had a different feel. I found it very refreshing to hear a toned down Volta. I love the chaos of Bedlam and the intricacy of FTM and so on but this gave me a chance to really hear their abilities as song writers. This often is well presented in more formulaic hook-driven music. There is enough chops here to give the hard-cores a chubby. This is no downward spiral I’m sure. Musicians (being one myself) have the same mood swings as any artist and perpetuate current moods by craft.
I dig this hell out of this CD and highly recommend it. I think this would be a good starting point to new fans. It’s just odd enough to catch interest and melodic enough to not require 10 listens to absorb. Bravo.