He actively told people he was writing a record like IARB, though he didn't have to do that, because it isn't true, also it sets the expectations higher than what he delivered. IARB as an album has more character in a song or two than AMD has in its entirety.
AMD sounds bland compared to his other albums to me, the previous album sounds better to my ears, you know, the album he went on and on about being what say anything is, his best album yet, then he apologised for it and said it will be better now he is off his label.
Lots of musicians put time into albums that do not turn out that great, I see no reason to defend any of his music, I am not making any excuses for him, this album just isn't his best work, he hasn't outdone himself this time.
If his next album has more interesting arrangements and enjoyable and interesting lyrics, regardless of what form it takes, I will support him, but this album IMO of course, just is below his other albums.
I am not going to keep arguing. I am sorry if you find this album bland because that means I am definitely enjoying it more than you. He did say it would be similiar to IARB but not exactly part to. To a degree some of the lyrical themes are similar if people look past the mid tempo songs. I guess some people will call it bland and boring and others will see it as max doing something new and it showed passion.
I am not going to try and pretend I am not in the minority who like this album. I did not pre-order it till I heard the leak. The fact of the matter is this site shits on Max and Say Anything for some dumb shit reason. I am glad their is a new cd I can enjoy. Like I said , its no masterpiece but if people can enjoy it then its good for something.