I feel like I'm still trying to get used to that album. Didn't like it at first, but after a while the songs started to sink in. It's just one of those albums that takes a while to absorb, I guess.
I think the thing about So Runs... is that you can't listen to it as background music, it's an album you really need to pay attention to in order to enjoy. Most of the songs are so dense, it's like Josh set out to record an album where each song was "Thin Blue Flame"-like in its epicness. The songs by themselves are fine, but overall the record is exhausting to listen to straight through.
From the songs that've been released so far, Beast seems like it'll be pretty balanced. I'm most interested in how autobiographical the lyrics are when in countless interviews before he used to claim not to like autobiographical songs.
Great way to put it. Songs like Folk Bloodbath, Lantern, and Orbital are so tiring to listen to because they are so overproduced. I'm glad he toned it down this time around.
And the lyrics are pretty much along the same line as Bringing In The Darlings, except more uplifting. Which is fine, but for now I'll miss the The Temptation of Adams, the The Thin Blue Flames, and the Another New Worlds.