I disagree. I think it was about as good as Black Clouds & Silver Linings, maybe a bit worse. They just sound tired (LaBrie especially) and out of fresh ideas to me. In their case it probably just means more directionless wankery. It'd be awesome if I was wrong though. I like it too. REM remains their best but this one is definitely good stuff as well. I'd rate it around 3/5, about what I was expecting. Ozzy sounds like a corpse these days, the sound could be less cramped, it'd be nice to have Ward's playing (especially on Damaged Soul), some of the songs sound like they'd be better with Dio fronting. Still good though, just not great.