Dude, sorry it took so long getting back to you. I got some "hate" on posts I'd made in the past (nothing personal, just have had my music taste questioned for a guy my age, but mostly just been ignored - sounds like a Smiths/Morrissey song, eh? lol), so I figured it was just another hater. My apologies.
His catalogue is so huge its quite intimidating for a newbie at this stage in the game, but I've checked out songs here and there. Mostly stuff others have recommended on message boards, blog posts, etc that sounded like songs I'd be into (either something about the music or lyrics), plus most of the singles, and I've bought a couple DVDs of music videos, 1 from The Smiths and 1 solo, plus songs I've heard in movies and TV shows, so I think I've been exposed to a pretty good cross section of his stuff. Most of it I've liked.
As for the new album, its really grown on me, pop punk or not. Some highlights are "Staircase at the University" (great power pop tune...I'm a big sucker for power pop in all its forms), "Mountjoy" (love the lyrics), "I'm Not a Man" (pretty much everything I've ever wanted to say to my "haters" or those that don't "get" me lol), and bonus track "Art Hounds".
Thanks for the post...sorry again for the delay getting back
Sucks that most topics here seem to die after a couple days (and just noticed my post was 2nd to last and yours was last). I usually seem to be a day late/dollar short...story of my life. But thanks for throwing a bit of positive attention my way