I've listened to the new album three times through now. The instrumentation and structuring is far superior to Separation, but melody-wise this album is lacking in my opinion. Jon's vocal control seems to have progressed immensely but his melody schemes are far more boring then Separations. I'm not saying I think they should have tried to re-write Separation, but I'm just not as excited about this material as I was when I heard Separation for the first time. I'm sure it will grow on me over time, maybe my expectations were just too high.
I got excited for Anthony's part, won't listen till I have the album.. but now I'm a little bit let down if it's only background... still excited as hell for that LP, and anyway few people got the point back by comparing it to MovMou