This album's honestly not doing much for me. I loved their spazzier, twee-ishness sound; this sounds almost too subdued to me save the first three songs.
I almost agree with you. I flip in and out of wanting more of what you described, but then losing my mind over how amazing and heartbreaking and subdued the last four songs are. I went back and listened to Romance after a long time with Hello Sadness, and it does definitely miss the energy. But damn it, those last four songs... 'Death Rattle' is definitely one of their best.