I like the sound a lot, and mopey can be great. To me what separates a great album from a good album is the story arch. For instance take YBAM, it started off with songs like Xray and Time Ago with the innocence of love, and moved through progressive branches that love takes with Can't Keep the Rain or instead Ten Million Years. It all was tied together with the heartfelt mopey end of Gates of the Country.
I don't know, it all dawned on me today about what truly makes an album appealing. You contrast YBAM with the Give Us Sugar compilation, which contains all the singles that kept us fans going through the year, and that's what makes it stand apart in my eyes. Both are great cause the songs are amazing, but YBAM still has the story arch. Maybe I'm just losing it a little, though I like 4:05 so far.
I do, however, want to point something out that I'm sure you'll catch Paul... I debated whether or not to say anything or not but I figure you say you want our feedback so here goes: From what I noticed of the lyrics it goes something like this:
There's a train that leaves at 4:05
If you want me I'll be on it.
It's the 8th of May, I feel alright-
I know I'll move beyond it...
Somewhere on the ride.
Just don't want you to pull a Limp Bizkit stunt and rhyme "it" with.... "it" haha. I know its a work in progress, but thanks for letting us in.