I am not quite sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this.
If you are loking for a sound comparison, the first half of the first song on Synchestra is probably as close as you will get - with the guitars amped right down, and the vocals up. It then pretty much stays that way and is pleasant enough, but you won't need to brush your hair after listening to it.
There are heavier moments, but they don't define the album.
Like all his work, though, its genius reveals itself slowly. If you give up on it after ther first spin, you have missed it.
The second spin has you recognising hooks you hadn't noticed first time round, and after the third spin, melodies start to follow you around the house all day. After that it has you in a headlock, and you keep hearing more out of it.
Not an album that will blow you away, but you will get increasingly involved. Highly recommended.