1) The question implies there was some
"less than stellar" press from various media outlets. And while the album is not on mediacritic.com for easy access, this seems to be exactly what I remember: some loved it, some didn't. Just like all albums.
Here are some examples of
"less than stellar" reviews from just a simple google search.
2) That's a completely untrue statement. The majority of reviews are actually in the 6-8 range (just like HGB's album was). Just because you focus on the glowing reviews we have, doesn't mean the hundreds of others can go unnoticed simply to validate your argument.