Robert Christgau is the original rock critic douchebag. I will never understand why he is, or ever was, taken seriously.
I actually do really like the main songs on the album but I don't care for the interludes. I think Geoff really sounded like ass after this album, and that he sounded like generic power metal before this album. I dunno, I just can't take this self-important progressive/pseudo-progressive stuff seriously anymore. Give me some lighthearted NWOBHM or classic metal and I'm good to go these days.