Eh, you're in a majority opinion there. I think most fans thought Heritage blew, and the few that checked out the next one either continued deluding themselves (ex, me - I said hey at least it's better than Heritage cause it's not full of empty space!!) or just wrote them off completely since they went in the same direction. Well, besides those that genuinely like the new material, I know those people are out there. Dozens of em! BWP actually got backlash and accusations of "selling out" at the time. It's a LOT slicker than Still Life production-wise, basically didn't introduce any new elements to their sound besides what Steven Wilson brought (piano that isn't on an isolated track, 70s prog noises here and there, etc), and has a lot more repetition, causing people to accuse them of being short on ideas. Still Life was the first album that ever had riffs that came back later in the song at all, but BWP did it everywhere. Like, The Drapery Falls in particular has the lengthy intro and outro that are the same, has a verse-chorus structure in the middle for a while, etc. Bleak has a verse/chorus, The Leper Affinity has a lengthy DS, Harvest almost has a normal song structure, etc. I personally really like the album and put it about on par with Still Life, but can acknowledge all those criticisms. Yep, that's my favorite by far, they busted out of the gates right away with a totally new sound from Orchid/Morningrise, and every single album through Watershed was merely variations and refinements on the same thing (well, besides Damnation). Like, those big chordally dense harmonic explosions like the guitar break or outro to When, the raunchy dissonant dense flatted fifth riffs like the third one on April Ethereal, the twisty evul riffs that sounded like no one else like the titular section of Demon of the Fall, none of it's really there on their first two albums at all and it all defined their sound going forward. MAYH was the first I got into, though, which seems to be a pattern - first you hear is the best!!! I did hear Morningrise first, but I think I listened to it once or twice and thought "what is this?!" and set it aside till after I got into MAYH. I love it now and put it about on par with their other best stuff (MAYH, SL, BWP, GR). I'm so old school I remember tons of forum posts on non-Opeth boards saying Opeth turned bad with MAYH and got worse with Still Life and BWP and hadn't released anything good since their classic Morningrise.