While inconsistent (Get Lucky, Electable, Firefight) ... the rest of the album is on par with "Futures" in my opinion, and contains "Dizzy" (one of the best song they ever did), the could have shifted some stuff on CTL around to make it sound more "cohesive" (replace Electable with Be Sensible, replace Get Lucky with Open Bar Reception, change the sequencing) and that album is as good as Futures IMO.
Having heard this album ... it is not much like "Futures" at all. It's a more raw "Invented" ... honestly, I disagree with your other point too: I have no idea where either of these would fit on "Futures" without sticking out like a sore thumb.
Finally, someone agrees with me that Chase This Light is great, but just suffers a bit from inconsistency and sequencing. My friends think I'm weird and that I should respect an album as the artist intended it to be heard, but I actually change a good half of the albums I have in my itunes, whether it be deleting songs that suck, changing order to what I think works better, or adding b-sides that shouldn't have been b-sides. I even edit songs sometime (sorry mars volta, I don't want to listen to 3 minutes of space sounds in the middle of an otherwise fantastic song).
MY version of Chase this light is as follows:
I kept the first 5 songs as they are (electable is SO stupid, but the absurd catchiness of the group vocal chanting fits with the glossy pop of the album to me)
Then I deleted "Gotta be somebody's blues"- it's a great song, but it sticks out like a sore thumb as the sole dark song in an album full of pure pop. It works better as a b-side. I replaced it with "Open Bar Reception."
I then left the rest of the album as it is until the end- I actually love "feeling lucky" and "firefight." I don't LOVE "Dizzy" and feel like "Be Sensible" is a better closer, so on my version it is.
I bought the deluxe version of "Invented," yet my version is only 9 songs. I agree with you- their worst album since before Clarity.
It's incredible how varied people's opinions are on a band that is still almost universally praised on here.