Heard nothing but awful things about this, and from fans that have stuck by them since Around The Fur. Gave it a listen myself, and fell asleep after the first song. Seems rushed; wouldn't be surprised if they're trying to get out of their contract.
And yeah, the production is awful. The songs might hold up better live, but I'm not about to fork out near $50 to find out.
You are wrong. Idk what "fans" you're referring to, but they need to get over themselves this record's awesome.