Agreed. It did not surprise me at all and I enjoyed the direction. I've always enjoyed their growth, maybe not as much as previous efforts but I have enjoyed it nonetheless.
I really liked how you could hear the bands influences on crash love, I knew that David Bowie and The cure were big influences on Davey, and with crash love you could really tell. I loved all the "OH!"'s in the album too! I am so excited for the new album. Esp. since the video ends with him screaming, there was NO screaming on crash love that was one thing the album was lacking.