I've already spun this album quite a bit. On one hand, I feel like spinning it repeatedly and think it's an ambitious effort with the spirit of old DCD. The Lisa Gerrard tracks really stand out. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I think the aesthetic feels more streamlined and hook-driven/populist at times(ie. Children of the Sun feeling almost like a Broadway tune at times, bouncy beat in Agape). But then, it does seem a genuine return to form and given what it is, I think it's rather good (that being a modern comeback album from a classic band). Thinking back to the DCD classics, it has always been hook-driven in a sense and the modern approach is executed rather well. I suppose time will tell if this album will be as lasting as the early ones. Either way, I look forward to seeing them live in less then 2 months time when they come here.
Also curious to see what Conservationist thinks of it.