Also, it should be noted that if you don't like that aspect of Jim's discography, he's also done work with Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin, Letter Kills, The Rocket Summer, etc.
Your first quote reinstates my faith in the project, that's excellent to hear. As for this quote, I liked LK back in the day, am lukewarm to SoCo and don't care for the others. I'm just worried that it will sound too polished and poppy when IMO the winning combo was the group who did work on Wires. It had a really nice balance of clarity and aggressiveness that stand as one of my favorite CD productions of all time.