I noticed that common thread throughout the interview as well, "outside influences". Did they have co-writers or something on previous albums? Or is Adam just referring to the sense of pressure they felt on previous albums?
Edit: Also, I agree. I enjoy this album much more than I thought I would.
I just assumed he meant that this was a record done with friends. Instead of going with a producer they don't know as well or hang out with as much, they went with 2 people that "were friends first" and not from outside of their circle. Could be wrong though, probably should have clarified, but we also only had 20 minutes to do the interview.