Totally agree. ...Bad mixing??...
...I've never noticed any of that neither with the old music nor the new one. All the sounds are just perfect for me.
I've got Studio Monitors, so they're designed to deliver a flat non-bias response unlike your usual home theatre or stereo system which generally lower the mid range to give every song that spongy, tinny kind of sound (exaggerated highs and lows). So maybe others don't notice or pay attention to how songs are mixed due to the fact that they're listening to them through consumer equipment (nothing wrong with that, they just tend to hide flaws to some extent, where as the job of studio speakers/monitors is to expose them). Just to reconfirm, I think the new album is mixed better than both the previous albums. Also, having studio monitors for just general listening isn't a bad thing, because when you get that song which (in your opinion at least) is perfectly mixed, it's just so much more satisfying listening to it on Studio Speakers than other types of speakers.
POTF songs I really dig include "Late Goodbye", "Seek You Out", "Carnival of Rust", "Lift" (melody was great, but I hated how it was mixed), "Roses" and "All The Way" to name those I enjoy most. All these songs have very prominent melodies (and by melody, I mean tune or rythm - I don't know the correct terminology). With the new album on the other hand, I find I have to hunt more for the melody and when I find it, it just doesn't grasp me as much as the songs is previous albums.
I'm being very negative. Don't get me wrong, there are still songs on the new album I like, just more duds so to say compared to previous albums. The types of music these guys are composing now has drifted slightly away from the type of music I enjoy most.
Anyway, it's obviously very difficult to put into words why I think songs on this album aren't as good as on previous albums. So I'm going to stop here
. Just my opinion remember, I'm loving hearing others (whether they agree or not).