I’ve said this before and I’ve gotten a lot of hate for it but I consider THP the strongest album of their career, I think it’s better than HT. (Don’t hate on me, just my opinion, I know it sounds weird but that’s just how I feel).
At the beginning, I wasn’t fond of the idea of bringing other people in, then I realized Mike and Brad were on their own and needed help with it (yes, to me, THP is an album Mike and Brad wrote and the others just contributed a bit, aka recorded their parts). Sounds harsh, but it’s what they showed.
Musically, I love it. I love it cause Brad plays guitar again, I love it for the heavy sounds (why did they promote LT as the “heaviest” album?) and the randomness (kid on KTTK for example). I honestly believe these are some of the best songs ever. AFN, ALITS, KTTK, FM… masterpieces.
Huge plus, it’s self produced (I was waiting for it to happen for years) and it’s recorded on tape, old school.
Lyrically, not their strongest but still good.
I hated the promotion for it though, I felt like they didn’t make much effort. No bundles, no teasers, no crazy scavenger hunts/solve the puzzle/find clues/whatever else they had us used to. No making of (which I believe has to do with them not wanting to show just two people working on it all the time), lack of music videos.
Bad tour. Europe 3 times (or was it more?), couple of summer fest shows for the US and a major fallout on the grand North American tour. 5 China dates… That’s it. (Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand they have other more important stuff to tend to than tour excessively, but they could have switched all those European tours with a run in Asia and AUS/NZ).
Besides the bad tour, I think this album gave them opportunity to experiment some more with the setlist and I can say I really liked the outcome.
I think that’s all I’m sorry for the extra long post.