honestly, i didnt know he even had an album after The Rock and the Tide. I actually didnt HATE that album (it had some really good songs on it) but just overall, the whole band thing just didnt do it for me. i found myself skipping a lot of songs ('Here We Go', 'We Are Only Getting Better', 'The Ones with the Light' immediately come to mind) to get to the ones i liked.
I got that impression from your post, haha. you should check it out, it's great. As for TRATT I actually really liked the change up with the full band songs after I got used to them even if it was a bit jarring at first. "We Are Only Getting Better" and "You're Not As Young" in particular are two of my favourites on the album. I can definitely see why he wanted to get some full band songs down on a record when he started playing festivals and shit.