A part of me wondered if the music had become somehow historical. For me the album lacks some of the intensity included in past albums. However, I also wondered if a part of the experience is based around my current listening muscles. If I am honest, I listen to a lot of pop these days. This means that listening to a brooding ten minute rock song or a lengthy ballad that Lana Del Rey offers can come across as uncanny.
It has been interesting listening to the new Tool album. It led me to relisten to Undertow and Ænima. I could not help compare.