Eh, I still think he sounds alright, just a bit forced. RftS definitely had the best vocals, but the "heavier" songs like Work in Progress and Catholic girls are some of my favs. These guys are all terrible at their instruments though. Real confused about all the talk on twitter and forums regarding their progression as musicians.
I'm fine with the grit in some songs on War Paint and in "Catholic Girls" for the most part, but I would much rather listen to his smoother vocals from RFTS. and you're definitely right; they really are not special at all.