How so? I've never seen them live, just curious at to what you mean. I think its the mark of a great band when there are lot's of different opinions on which is their best work.
Great way to put it, they are a solid band, each release is unique in its own way.
As far as the live show, maybe it's the always changing lineup, but they seem to care less and less about performing over the years and IMO are just going through the motions. Back in the day they would mess around with the songs and change things up, keep it interesting. They played samples and had feedback on guitars, made it an experience. Last time I saw them was for the LLO tour, where they played shortened versions of the songs and honestly didn't look like they were trying, just 4 homeless looking guys who looked like they needed a payday. I left during their encore.
Plus hearing the doucher guitarist make fun of me while maning their merch table never hurts as to why I'll never go see them again (prob have seen them 10 or so times). Still a great band, will keep listening to whatever they choose to put out, I'll just won't throw any money their ways.