I guess after ten years of a break between albums, fans had high hopes that this album would be something amazing. But they havent spent ten years making the album and really very high expectations were never gonna be met.
I dont think this album is as horrible as many reviewers are making it out. But I can agree they have delivered better.
The best way of putting it is- Did you like Rob's solo albums or did you think he sounded like he was chasing the mainstream/ pop charts too hard on those. I actually really liked both Rob's albums so I'm not adverse to the guys trying something different on their first group album in ten years. But if you couldnt accept the direction Rob took on his solo work, then I guess this album will be a disappointment and it's best to let this one pass you by.
It does start off with that good old rock sound of old on opener Parade. It's a pretty solid opener.
She's so mean - to me, I dont find it any more poppy than a song like Disease sounded in 2002. It's quite a catchy number.
Put your hands up and Like Sugar are probably the more poppy sounding tracks on the album but they arent horrible .
Overjoyed, I will, Sleeping at the wheel, I believe in everything , straight for this life, the way are the stand outs for me
but i wouldnt write this album off , unless you are looking for a total rock album.