Haha, you've made that quite clear with your review (which I liked, by the way).
Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy my fair share of angry B&C. Like I said, I like this album, but was really hoping the band would build upon the sound they teased us with on the Braid split. Those songs showed a real growth to me, in every aspect. They took me completely by surprise, and while TTWTWM
has certainly revealed the band has improved immensely in the songwriting department, the content of the songs themselves doesn't consist of much I didn't think the band had in them before. I knew this band could write "Cut Me Open" already. The same can be said about "Reflection", or even "Lost Your Name". It doesn't mean I don't like those songs, but I think that taking a different route in their sound would result in a more fulfilling record. That's obviously subjective, though (just as I find "Notice Me" to be an unbearably lazy song, when you call it the highest point on the album).
I do have to mention again how much better crafted these songs are than the ones found on Separation
though. I love that album, but I'm glad the band came to realize that mashing a bunch of cool parts together with pretty lackluster transitions was only going to get them so far. I can't wait to see where they go with their next album.