Let's face it, the state of the music is pretty bad, the last best selling bands were crap (Creed, Bizkit so on). Since R.E.M. got popular (and then unpopular at least in the US) and since alternative got to the radio through Nirvana (in the way creating some crappy "alternative bands" that undertook "serious" subjects with a stupid approach) the mainstream has been full of formulistic, unimaginative and unchallenging songs. As bands got better taste and more creative (such as Pearl Jam, Radiohead) they lost popularity. The only recent relieve we've had is the incursions into mainstream of "vintage" sound bands (Strokes, Interpol, Hives, White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and of some indie bands (Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips and to some extent the Dandy Warhols themselves and their friends/rivals Brian Jonestown Massacre) (And these are already generating some crappy copycats lacking original message).
If you expect to judge this album (or any good one) by this standards you'll think it is too long, too derivative, too hard to listen, too unfocused. Hell, by those standards only Creed or Puddle of Mud would be acceptable... And that dear sirs would be the end of Rock & Roll. Rock & Roll is not supposed to be safe and monotonous, it is supposed to be challenging and different... Its not supposed to tell you the same thing all the time, it is supposed to show you new things, take different perspectives, help you realize the world is bigger than you thought. And at the same time it is supposed to be fun, it is ridiculous to take yourself too seriously you won't be able to change if you do. Hey this record lives up to these other standards and is awesome.