I wouldn't completely disagree with you, but let me propose to you this... I think we all listen to The Midnight for a sense of nostalgia. Previous releases were fantastic at being nostalgic because of the 80s sound palette, and were used to write full-pop songs with tempo. Looking at this new release, I believe it achieves a greater sense of nostalgia by a different path. From a music-composition point of view, interludes/reprise/filler creates an innate sense of longing in their fleeting brevity, which draws on nostalgia in a more raw sense, going beyond simply being "80s". Using an already nostalgic sound to execute it is a beautiful bonus.