I've heard bits off of Dude's disk, so I'm not an authority on this disk, but to me their new stuff rambles too much. There's some incredible musicianship and songwriting at play, but now it's all mid-tempo wanking.
I like my rock straight and to the point. I like "thinking man's" rock, too, but not if it's friggin' boring.
May you go marching in three-measure time
Dressed up as asses, drunk to the nines
Swing from the rafters, shouting those songs
Gone unsung for far too long