Well if you're expecting a certain something from a band, and half of the record doesn't have that certain something, it's just a bit of a letdown. But I get what you're saying.
Point accepted, haha. I just think a "letdown" and a "bad record" can be two different things. Was I let down? Definitely. Do I think it's an awful album? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Of course, you feel differently and that's already been established...That being said? Definitely liking the new one more!