I don't really understand the departure from their last CD, it seems like they were doing well with two singles that gave them some success. I guess bands choose to change their styles though.
I think it had a lot to do with the producer. Howard Benson has always rubbed me the wrong way.
That being said, they were never good to start. The myth busters proved you can polish a turd, but you certainly can't polish a turd with another turd. You just get crap that stinks twice as bad.