I get that bands need to grow and develop but at the end of the day just looking at the songs as a whole and not the band, those new songs are just meh to me and sound like a foo fighters knock off. There was nothing in these new songs that made me think that there was something unique in the sound that was once there with their previous efforts.
Welp, the reasoning is right but he sort of proved everyone's point right there in his own words.
People are obviously open to change. Coming Home, Stay What You Are (even In Reverie), Deja Entendu...are all well respected albums. It's just a matter of whether or not you pull off the change successfully. Some bands do, some bands don't.