The methodology prescribed by @Tiggerlion requires 6 close listens before forming a view. Here’s the inverse. 2 casual unfocussed listens doing other stuff, walking in and out etc.
I’m wary as I made a wrong call on Skeleton Tree, bagging it initially, but this sounds like Skeleton Tree lite. I can even hear some of those exact sounds from that album.
Impression? Unlike the fawning Guardian review linked to here, I found it boring, this whole soundtrack side career has really taken over. It’s the Cave Ellis show and the Bad Seeds must have been bored senseless.
DFB wrote on the release of Skeleton Tree, the guitar-based Seeds are gone forever. Perhaps so, but this layered ambient stuff is heading towards bland. Yes there are some good lyrics but when I walk into the room and here Nick’s sonorous, bordering on mannered voice singing about the three bears “Mama bear holds the remote, papa bear he just floats / And baby bear, he has gone to the moon in a boat, on a boat.” Well, I just cringed a little.