What's with the hate for Paint It Golden? While not as great as Illuminate, it was a pretty good record and I enjoyed it a lot. More than Assailants, anyway.
Sorry for the double post.
But this line of thinking just bugs me though. With all the fantastic music out there and our limited time to listen to it, why expend that time on merely "solid" releases? In this saturated market, I think it's an imperative for artists to push themselves to new heights at all times in order to stand out.