absolutely. i was listening to this and said to my wife that "take your time" sounds like it has the potential to be one of the best songs they've written in recent memory. and it reminds me of "a story for supper"
i really want something dark again. i feel like their first two had a great mix of dark vs light, and while i enjoy select songs on albums after illuminate, i really feel like everything has been on the "way too happy" side of things, as in "i am way too happy that i wrote another song that's exactly three and a half minutes long." i don't really follow a ton of the drama with bands anymore but i remember reading that one of their guitarists who was responsible for the more complex stuff left, but if true it's sad that that almost all complexity left with him. that said i do still enjoy their music, and hope that someday they can scale the mountain of potential that they entered with.
I wouldn't say he was responsible for the complex parts of their music, some of the music is still pretty complex, but he did write most of the minor-sounding material. Then again, This December was written during really dark times with drug abuse, etc. which is what almost all of the lyrics are about. Then before Illuminate was written was when certain members went to rehab, so most of Illuminate is along the same lines and about trying to get better. And personally, I think the song "Hailey" is a closure of sorts from all of that and moving on. So that could be another reason the newer stuff doesn't sound as dark. That and I'm sure they don't want to release the same album twice.