I'm guessing that's the point.
They were definitely not awful. They were just a vastly different style. They had a much more poetic feel to them (clever MLK Jr. references on We Owe This as an example). The lyrics were more poetic than prosaic which was a major departure as Stephen usually tells stories in his songs. I do think the prosaic style works much better for Anberlin though, so I see the complaints, but calling the lyrics awful suggests that some of them went over your head.