Yeah, "Higher Devotion" in particular made no sense before, which got in the way of me enjoying the song, but the idea that those are a woman's words actually intuitively seems more fitting. I don't know. Other little things, like trying to figure out the narrator's relationship to the "boy" in "Cut," become interesting.
Same with the idea that he seemed inspired by the Bee Gees haha. Song reminds me a little bit of the Killers. My least favorite track, but it's grown on me a bit.