Ok, so the new album is growing on me the more I listen. There are a few things that still bug me about it:
• The echo effect used on Lockdown Hurricane and Dead Reckoning: I know E’s voice is pretty beaten up, but the echo is so heavy, I can’t even focus on the words and it takes away from the brilliant orchestration. It works in Series of Misunderstandings, but didn’t need to be used again and again.
• I’m not liking the sequencing of this album. To me it feels forced and there isn’t really a flow. E is usually so careful about the song progressions throughout an album, so I’m a bit surprised that it’s lacking here.
• The Tom Waits-esque Gentleman’s Choice is so ridiculous, I laugh each time I hear it.
I am looking forward to the tour and hoping against hope that he brings along a full orchestra. That was my first thought when I saw it was a sit down tour.