Granted I did not listen to The Color Morale previously.
And this definitely wasn't my most anticipated release, but what's the deal with hating on the dudes voice? It actually sounds like the same human being singing throughout, which is rad. (EDIT: I don't know if it's the same guy, but conceptually it sounds that way) There's SUCH a stark contrast to people singing and screaming on an album these days that it just gets to the point of sounding stupid. This makes everything sound cohesive and real to me. There's literally hundreds of bands that do the super deep fake screaming with boyband clean vocals. so go listen to them if you need that fix.
It's not going to kill you to hear something done differently.
I'm in the same boat as you... I haven't listened to this band previously, and this wasn't my most anticipated album either. But I really enjoyed listening to it. Sometimes the best albums are the one's you don't expect and catch you by surprise. Is it really the same singer throughout the whole album? If so, that's impressive.