Disclaimer: This is coming from someone who was totally blown by Late Goodbye, and I've been a fan ever since that day (has it really been almost 10 years? O_o ), and I've yet to hate any song from them, so no, I'm not just trolling to get you all riled up.
I do have to say, that after listening to the songs a few times there is definitely something missing. Nothing really stands out, and many of them seem to try to be too... massive? I don't really have a word for it, but it's like there's a lot of attempt to get that kind of stadium-like sound (strings, synth/keyboards that rise from the background), that just falls short. Again, I can't really explain what I mean, but I hope you kind of get it though. Also I think they've already used those effects before, and after a while they do wear out a bit.
Lyrics are great as usual, but I think that the songs themselves seem to be lacking some creativity. After running a playlist today from youtube, I still haven't been woken up by any of the songs. You know the feeling: you are doing something, and suddenly a song just grabs your attention, and totally holds you (Carnival of Rust <3 ). Well, maybe The Happy Song, but that's about it, and I don't think that the song itself is that good. It just wakes you up with it's totally different sound. I'd like to do a song-by-song thingy, but I don't want to impose my own impressions on you that much, so I'll just skip that. Suffice to say that I think that the album seems to be a bit dull and grey, with nothing really getting your attention. There was a bit of that in Twilight Theater, but some of the songs stood out enough to make me like that one, though less than the first 3.
Of course I'll have to listen to it more when I get my hands on the album on Wednesday, but right now I'm thinking that I won't be too happy with it
Well, I guess all bands have to do a "worst" album at some point. And if this was any other band, I would probably just skip buying it altogether.