I like the songwriting on Emotional Wasteland better, and it seems more consistent.
I love some songs off Ever Since (Czarina of Vermillion, Ever Since, The Likes of No One, When The World Came Watching, Times of Change, Hide, Draw)... ok so I love most of them, but something just seems... not right... with Messenger, Liquefy and Zoetrope.
Possibly because I don't like the Weirdest of Tales demo, from which Messenger and Zoetrope are taken. Who knows?
Overall I prefer Emotional Wasteland. And even more than that, the A Collection of Worlds II and After Before demos.