I'm also in the "wasn't expecting much based on the singles but pleasantly surprised by the album as a whole" camp. It'll take a few listens to fully grasp the whole thing but there were definitely stand out moments on first listen. Ectogenesis being my favourite just for that synth line.
For me, not as good as JoM, better than Weightless, will probably end up on par with the self titled.
Just bought the CD/audio-rip from Amazon. My 2nd listen, and while I see that it's quite different (read less organic) from JoM which I loved, MoM is still excellent. It's more abstract, cold, distant but in an awesome way.
Last track, Apeirophobia, is simply amazing!!!!! Reminds me a lot of this Russian composer's (Nikita Koshkin) piece.
Overall all I really like the album, much better than Joy Of Motion. However like everyone else has been saying the guitars to do get a bit sterile after a while. Seems like they went all out with the "thumping" technique. Also that snare! To me it doesn't sound right, it just doesn't blend in with the mix.
Knew I was gonna dig this album the moment Brain Dance dropped. Favorite piece is probably Apeirophobia. Whole album is super tight and has great grooves and licks, especially in Private Visions of the World, puts me in a such a great space.
I had a couple of listens, it's pretty good, but still has to grow on me I guess. It sounds as their most introspective record to date, there seems a preference to layered weird melody structures and it is lacking in the head bobbing straight forward riffs. up nonetheless!
I haven't gotten to listen to every song yet, but definitely liking what I am hearing. Currently listening to The Glass Bridge and it sounds very much like Weightless. Then again I thought Weightless was great. Does anyone else get the vibe from that record that it is a very "cold"-sounding album? It could be that I used to listen to it a lot one winter and the album cover contributes to it...
Either way, I am really enjoying this record. Everything from AAL takes a while to sink in and digest....it's like eating a vegetarian meal after only eating McDonalds all your life, you're gonna feel a bit weird at first but then dat groove kicks in and you're like