Originally Posted by Fe Maiden
Maybe you have not listened carefully enough. The piano, keyboards, orchestration, and certainly the magic are all there. The vocals were a bit harsh for me at first as well but I got used to it. Give it another chance!
I don't feel me not giving it a chance is the problem. I've listened a number of times extensively. It just doesn't really do it for me. I think the title track is probably one of the best songs they've ever written but the majority of the album just doesn't grab me. I think lately just about every band has been thinking the only way to "evolve" is to get heavier, usually by adding nu-metalish guitar riffs that are just the same syncopated chord for 32 measures while the vocals are harsher than necessary. It's ruined a number of prospect releases this year for me.