Nah, I like plenty of bands that suffer from bad recording decisions (and call them out on it) ... the vast majority of songs recorded without the band members in the same room were just fine on this album. It's a crutch used to not think critically about the songs themselves, instead passing the blame.
Well I still think their recording process on the last album was a big reason it fell flat. At least for me. Then again the process wasn't nearly as terrible as the production, which was awful.