I think it's a weird combination of people not listening to this album and not remembering The Reminder properly. The Reminder was not all "1 2 3 4," it was more "The Water" and "The Park" and "Brandy Alexander" and "Intuition," which is to say slow, sometimes brooding, and totally understated. This album is all those things, except none of these songs will be adapted for Sesame Street. It's really great.
My top 10 list for the year looks absolutely nothing like it did a couple of months ago, and my current frontrunner for album of the year wasn't even in my "halfway through the year" top 10 list. 2011 is ending up looking a lot better than I initially thought.
Yup same here. Opeth's new album is a little disappointing after listening to it a bunch of times. So now my album of the year pick is probably going to Primus, M83, or something else that was released earlier in the year.