I liked it. I think this is a great approach for Anberlin to take.
However, it's not quite what I'd been hoping for. And I'm one of the people who hates when people tell bands to re-release the same album over and over again. I'm still gonna pick up and jam this album a ton once it releases.
I don't think that's the case with Anberlin. Blueprints, NTFP, and Cities were far different records, but certainly showed a linear growth. Then New Surrender sucked, and Dark was experimental.
We don't want NTFP 2.0 or Cities 2.0 - we just wanted the band's sound to resemble its old self. "Self-Starter" has a lot of the same elements as New Surrender and Dark, but thrown back into an aggressive sound. If it took those two records to get this, I can deal.