all good songs, but would it kill them to have one or two huge/memorable choruses on the record? i'm not one of those "OMG THE RAT IS THE ONLY THING GOOD THEY'VE DONE" type of fans, but still, it's a pretty low-key and mellow record overall imo.
like i said, it's light years better than the last record at least, and i always love seeing them live.
maybe it's just me, but the longer I listen to music, the more interested I am in intricacies, texture, the overall presentation. There are some great choruses here, actually, and there are some songs that are fantastic that don't even have choruses (correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall "The Rat" actually having much of a chorus, though it does have hooks). But what keeps bringing me back is that there are more stunning things I hear with each listen, and albums like that tend to be bigger favorites of mine over time.
this could easily become one of those 'how do you listen to music' or 'what do you listen for' kind of arguments, but this is what really strikes me as being great about this album, not to say that I don't like it when they do some catchy singles type stuff, but I think this impresses me more.