(...and so begins a monologue thread ) Got the album yesterday, the first time Amazon has ever delivered a pre-order of mine on time. Last time I had to wait an additional 9 days. This will be brief as I'm not much for comprehensive reviews. My first major impression (besides "that's a lot of Doug") was, "Wow, Bill has really discovered himself." There's a lot of cool synth stuff in Circles, particularly towards the end. Bill doesn't sound like he's trying to be anyone else. It's been a long time since a new Enchant album and I'm sure working with Thought Chamber was beneficial. From the booklet it stood out to me that, excluding the lyrics, the album is composed of a lot of Enchant minus Ted songs, and a couple Ted minus the rest of Enchant songs. I guess the distance thing touched on in the interview video was rather significant. The album still feels cohesive as opposed to fragmented. If I have to criticize something, it's the usual: No, not the loudness thing--the album is pretty damn loud, but I've seen far more ridiculous spectra. It's the other usual criticism: Auto-tune. It's pretty noticeable in places and, unless someone is using it as an effect rather than a polishing tool, I don't really understand the point when people have home studios where they can try until they get it right without burning through tape or wasting expensive studio time, but, I suppose that ship has sailed. Standout tracks: Within An Inch, The Great Divide, and Here and Now. Here and Now is probably my favorite at this point. Track 8 on Blueprint (Nighttime Sky) and track 8 on Wounded (Distractions) are also album favorites of mine, whatever that means. It's moody with quite a few dynamic changes. The layering is intricate but not overbearing and the drums grab my attention (which is a note-worthy effect for a non-drummer like me). It may have made more sense to make this one the final track as it would seem to terminate the album perfectly, but I suppose with the instrumental Prognosticator as a bonus track (apparently not found on some releases?) it was more practical to place it second to last. It's a solid effort and I have no doubt some of my least favorites will trade places with some of my favorites in a few months or years, because that's just how progressive music works. Try not to wait another decade to put out another one, okay?