Well said. I think the same points you're making are actually what make me enjoy the record so much - I listen to it on almost a daily basis, because it's such easy listening.
Yeah, I got an almost late-90s alternative rock vibe from a lot of the guitar parts, and it's so nice to be able to hear
everything, unlike the aural mushiness of Waves. Hopefully the songs grow on me, but so far nothing's truly clicked.