Never said it was overwhelmingly hated. Said that it was my least favorite thing he's done, disappointed, and pretty bland. THOSE sentiments seem to be expressed by even you.
I was not disappointed I am just able to criticize some areas. Mostly it being too short. I actually rephrased my statement before you quoted to "disappointment" instead of "hate" but my point stands. Honestly if this was a full album I probably would be in love. I actually find the first two tracks really really good. The last track After The Fire despite being repetitive (like most pop music) is still very fun. This EP actually has me excited for his solo work so I am far from disappointed but rather rational about the whole thing. Its a 7/10 as far as an EP goes for me but if he did a whole album in this vein I could easily see that being a 8.5 or 9/10 for me.
I have been listening to the EP since the download came in. I can't stand Owl City but its the vocals that kill it for me not the instrumentals or the synths. I honestly think this is a great year for pop music so far. I am glad Andrew uses his natural range (one case of auto-tune but its used way more conservatively than fun. on their last effort) and still incorporates the piano despite the driving synth.
I will never expect any 4 song EP to ever be amazing or someones best release. It would be unfair for me to hold this to the standards of some of his previous full lengths. But as far as EPs go with 3/4 very enjoyable songs I very much excited to hear more. I think a lot of people are enjoying this.