I think the problem here is that some people have taken to writing bad reviews for this album after only listening to the disc once, if that. I am a firm believer that before you write a review you become familiar with the albums nuances first. I’ve had the luxary of hearing this album for the past week at work before it came out yesterday. Like some of you, upon the first listen I didn’t think much of it at all. Of course there were a few tracks that grabbed me like ‘The Noose’, ‘The Outsider’, ‘The Package’ and of course the lyric heavy first single ‘Weak & Powerless’, but the other tracks seemed lacking in a way. However, as the days passed by and the spins increased, I slowly fell in love with the subtle beauty of this album. It became apparent that though this album, as a whole, is not as heavy or direct as ‘Mer De Noms’, it does have far more textures that only reveal themselves after repeated listens. The tracks I originally panned off as filler like ‘Blue’, ‘A Stranger’ and ‘The Nurse Who Loved Me’ (and yes I realize it’s not one of there own tracks, but it doesn’t matter) became so stunning that when I finally heard them on my home stereo they nearly brought me to tears.Maynard and Billy have outdone themselves crafting a masterpeice here but only those who have an open mind and no pre-conceptions heading in will be rewarded.