Hmm, I listened to a bit of this yesterday and aside from Awakenings nothing really hit me. Just needs more time to sink in. Yeah. The first few times that I listened it didn't do much for me either. It just didn't instantly grab me the way her last two did. I ended up starting at her debut and listening to her entire discography back-to-back at work, and when I got back to this one it just clicked.
I love this album. It's her best album since Surfacing IMO.So, it's better than Afterglow you mean?
Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary