I don't know. For me the previous two albums were full of surprises. I didn't love everything, but I loved enough. Maybe they're too settled into their new sound, or maybe I'm too used to it. The new songs don't have as much life, for me. It's not that the album sucks; it just doesn't shine.
If this is a dead horse I'm beating, I apologize. I didn't know I was being "fashionable." Most folks here at metalsetlists appear quite fond of the new album.
So well informed I don't know where the truth begins.