in a industry inundated with superficial, self-absorbed "music" that time after time proves that most people, even artists, allow themselves to be driven by the almighty dollar, it is always refreshing to hear music (real music) from artists who truly believe in what they're producing. In regards to the other reviews, I think it's great that people still talk about music so passionately. However, to compare ACLOTM to their old albums is doing them a dis-service. To expect a band to relive what you consider to be your favourite album, over and over and over (becoming Nickleback), is to destroy what makes music as exciting as it is. If band's didn't experiment with sound, we wouldn't have The Wall, or Synchronicity, or Blonde on Blonde (and if you don't know what albums i'm talking about then you really shouldn't be talking about music like you know anything)
Basically, ACLOTM gets full marks from me because it is a well-crafted, original, fun album that makes me nod my head think about the world from a different angle... it has therefore succeeded in doing what good music is meant to do.
"I heard a word from on high, clear like a light in the sky, it said "Quit blowing each other up".