I believe someone said that the production was so bad that it physically hurt their ears...I just don't hear that. Maybe I'm bias because I worked on this album, but I don't think the production is as bad as others have stated. It is a difference of opinion because I'm sure albums that I feel have poor production get a lot of praise on this site (i.e. The Wonder Years, new song sounds promising though).
I see this album as their In Reverie. The initial reaction from many is jarring because it is different from any of their previous material, but in time will gain more respect. To me this album gets better and better with every listen. I think in one of their studio vids they state what their influences were when making this album. The dislike for the vocals many are having might make sense when you learn they were influenced by the 90's like Counting Crows, Tom Petty, 3EB, etc. I don't think Joe sounds flat or out of tune, but the style he chose is different than what everyone was expecting.
It is nice to see that those who aren't digging YNE aren't writing them off completely though.
Late as I may be, do not ever compare this piece of trash to In Reverie. Please.