I don't feel like I was really harping, it was only mentioned twice. But to be totally honest, I really didn't listen to their old material much, because I really didn't care for it. It was, as I stated, mediocre (at best). To me, there wasn't a gradual progression to the point where they are now, they just sort of got everything right all the sudden. Thanks for the feedback! This is the first review I've written for the site, good to see people are at least reading it.
harping was probably the wrong word, but it felt very forced.
you can't talk about their progression and ignore what they progressed from. end of story