I agree in many ways. But I feel there is a downside to the new material (at least after NITND). The variation between the songs on VE is much bigger than in the last two albums. Of course, I love TGCD above all albums. NITND has some super songs and I would rate it their 3rd best album, but it's a bit too static. Too much apathy...it needed a bit more angry on it. All in all it's just small complaints.