I can totally appreciate the sentiment here. Besides the fact that I just think it's absolutely fantastic, what catapulted it from good score to absurdly high score was how it's stuck with me, and how I think it can greatly affect what type of music is trending at the moment.
I have had this EP since the beginning of November. Six months later, I still play it from cover to cover almost daily. It's only six songs, but there's so much to process and appreciate. Listening and analyzing the production alone is a highly rewarding experience. The song structuring is interesting in its own right, like the chorus I mention in "Dancing on a Tightrope" or the verses of "The Dreamer." That's all before mentioning the vocal melody and lyrics, which deserve acute attention as well.
I'm hopeful that this style will be what overtakes Pop-Punk as the scene genre of choice. Bands that can combine the catchiness with prog-influence (how did I not mention prog in my review) will hopefully be the next big thing. I think the return of ATDI & new Circa in the future will help that. Bands like ITM, Happy Body Slow Brain, Culprit, The Paper Melody (RIP), Closure In Moscow, and others have a lot to offer. That's not to say my wishes affected my scoring; I just love this style of music more than anything.The one sound that I do see expanding and overtaking these type of bands are The Wave bands, like La Dispute, Balance & Composure, Sainthood Reps, Make do & Mend, etc. I'm cool with those tunes as well, so that wouldn't be half bad.
Hopefully that makes what seems like a tremendous score make more sense.