My assumption was that, despite Benson not doing any actual writing this time, Anders and Björn were still influenced by his style after working with him on Battles. I had more faith that they would be able to use what they learned the last time to better effect now that they were doing all the writing themselves. I still think this is somewhat the case— again, I think eight of the songs on this album are fantastic, way better than anything on Battles. If Benson acted as a “filter” for their creativity, that’s fine. That falls within a producer’s purview, and if they want to give him writing credit (or if he insisted — wonder if other bands he worked with credit him on their songs, too?) that’s fine. Annoying, but fine. It’s mostly the other guys like Skolnik who have no business doing any writing on this album.