Why.. because they branched off? I'm glad they did.. they've shown more maturity than almost any other band thats comparable by NOT making the same shit year after year. To fully appreciate Dustin's songwriting, the direction they took HAD to be the only direction for the band.
I agree completely. This is one of the only bands that my musical taste has grown as they've matured. Maybe I'm biased because they are my favorite band, but they've ended on such a high note in my book.