I can understand the harsh reviews however, I disagree.
When I first got the album I listened to the first minute or so of a couple random songs and quickly banished it from my player. Not because I hated it necessarily; it just wasn't the kings as I was used to them.
Honestly, it was the first two songs, "Knocked Up," whose lyrics I thought were too derived and repetitive for a seven minute song, and "Charmer," where the lead has little screams speckled throughout his singing, that threw me off.
I sat on the album for nearly a month before listening again.
And I loved it. The band is *very slightly* edgier in certain places, like Charmer (which I now like and find the screams a nice touch) but really, they're just experimenting with what they've got and have produced another wonderful rock album which, though it may be a bit more complex to perform, is still, simply great music and most definitely rock (someone earlier said they were trying to be alternative... No. Definitely not. That is the exact opposite of what I'm hearing. Not that I don't like some alternative, just no).
The third track, "On Call,' is a marvelous divergence from the first two albums. It sounds like rock with ambiance, if that makes any sense (none of the other songs have this same sound, except maybe "Trunk" a little, and don't think by "ambiance" I mean elevator music or something, cuz I don't).
I also love the song "Black Thumbnail," which is more of a return to their older stuff in that everything about the singer's voice screams southern swagger. Thumbnail is tied for my favorite track with "Ragoo," whose often-plucky guitar sounds so great coupled with the bass (I'm really bad at technical music descriptions, not being a musician by any stretch) and that tinkling piano as the song trails off with the echoed vocals? Perfect. Best last 30 seconds of a song ever. Also like "The Runner" quite a bit, can't put my finger on why, though. Its hard to choose a favorite.