Still pretty great
I had been waiting for this CD with great anticipation and while it is still among the best I have heard recently, perhaps my expectations were so great, given their prior releases, that they simply couldn't be met. This CD picks up where And the Battle Begun, with the horns receding further, the mathy guitars "mathier" and the pseudo-jazz freakouts freakier. This is really pretty progressive stuff. The problem for me is that the good old HOOKS are lacking a bit. This is probably my favorite band, and this is still a 5 star album, but it is a mild disappointment for me.