I fell in love with the first two CDs instantly and the third one grew on me. It's looking like this ones going to have to grow on me as well.
Do I recommend it? Well, as someone who will be attending my 4th concert of his this fall... I'll be buying anything he makes when it comes out.
My main problem with this is it comes across as cliched and a bit contrived. Like it' something that was expected from him rather than something that came naturally. I've been disillusioned with music lately so that could be what's colouring my point of view.
I highly recommend that the deluxe version be purchased over the single version. There's a song called "What Used to Be" on the bonus CD that should've been included on the single CD. I heard it for the first time performed live a year back and loved it on first listened. There's another version of "Out of the Blue" that while great (love the song) should've been left out to allow for "What Used to Be". I'd rather of heard extra, different songs on the second dvd then demos of songs off the main CD. Mostly because I didn't love them. "This is Not Goodbye" is a solid song. Johnny has a way of swaying me to his cause no matter what he does. :P "A Place Called Love" (the song) is arranged beautifully - the little hairs on your arm will stand up.
I don't like "Today I'm Gonna Try To Change the World". It just seems to be the "expected" course of action. However, I couldn't get it out of my head yesterday. So, like I said, an album that needs to grow on me.
I have to watch the DVD yet so I'm hoping it's going to be the treat I think it's going to be.
Buy it, Make up your own mind. If this is your first time buying a CD of Johnny's... I recommend going with one of the first three first. Better yet - get them all! :P