I love Lancaster, but I do think Derek is a talented guy and the rest of the band is also better than that shitty release would indicate.
I still listen to A Lesson In Romantics pretty often. I listened to the other album maybe one and a half times. It was fucking terrible. I hope they mean what they say here and they come up with something legitimate. If they don't, they're done, or at least should be.
I don't think it's lame, necessarily. Bands should always be evolving and trying new things, but there will be plenty of times when that doesn't work out. Most bands have a particular sound that "fits" them best. It doesn't automatically mean they're trying to clone the initial successful release.
Not that I would have a problem with A Lesson In Romantics Pt. 2...
True, but it wasn't like the new stuff was a huge stretch from their old music. It was more poppy, but their first album is nothing amazing. What I'm trying to say is the band just sets itself backwards when they have to run after their core audience that they might have lost a bit from their last cd, and that in a way stunts their growth. Haven't heard any music so I can't say exactly what they did yet. It will be interesting to see if they made an album better than the last two.