I LOVED Gift, in fact i still love it. After hearing Again and Again, I was sold. Gift is one of my favorite cds. Very Heavy, however Gift had alot of “mindless heavyness”. Dont get me wrong, I love heavyness, but the songs on Gift were so similar, even though most songs rule, the cd is quite repetitive. Now I was expecting more of the same heavyness from Welcome, but I still didnt know what to expect. This cd is similar to Korn’s Untouchables because the music was different than the previous cds, but it takes time to get used to. Thats how Welcome is. I found that Welcome became better and better with each listen. Indeed its more melodic than Gift, but its good melodic, not Pop melodic. Thank god Stephen Richards still screams…that rules. Basically, I think most Taproot fans will eventually enjoy this cd, you just need to give it some time to get used to it and listen with an open mind.