Finally listened to this today after the 320 dropped.
Not entirely sure where I stand with it yet. Definitely feels a lot different than their previous efforts, but not necessarily in a bad way. I can see where people are coming from with their comments about how there’s more of an industrialized and electronic feel to the album. But I think that that works very well with the overall tone. I definitely need to read the lyrics for this because that’s where a good amount of the substance lies within this particular project.
So, for my off the cuff, literal first listen, subject to change ranking of albums Marcus has been on, I’d say my ranking currently stands at Mesmer being my favorite, then Alien, then Node (which I still don’t think has totally clicked for me yet unfortunately).