Untitled and Happiness were extremely diverse records that saw a lot of band progression. I don't know whether it's the re-inclusion of Craig, or the losses of Travis and Garren, but the Caviar/Uneasy Hearts/Happiness/Don't Tell Dave experimentation is gone on DMB2.
I value ingenuity and creativity in music. Records that explore unchartered territory and do it well have the most staying power. The previous poster summed it up perfectly - DMB2 is "safe", an album that didn't take any chances.
And why did I think that the S/T was called Untitled? Gotta fix that. And I'm with you that's my favorite as well.
I'm not trying to change your opinion or anything, cause I somewhat agree, I didn't enjoy DTBMII as much as the first or the ST, but I felt they did experiment a bit on this record as well, the horns in "Need Money" being a good example, or the bluesque style of "Blue Dream" which is probably my favorite on the album.
I'd say this album has some standout tracks; "Spooks", "Purple Reign", "Need Money", "Robot 2 1/2", "Elder Goose" and "Blue Dream", and the rest are just good, which I'd consider sub-par for standard DGD-affair.