I disagree with the whole premise of this review (and most other reviews of this LP) in that I actually enjoyed the experimentation of Perfect Symmetry and Night Train. Strangeland has a defeated air to it, like they tried to mix it up a bit and when that didn't go well, they went back to giving the people what they want. While it's not a bad album, Strangeland offers no surprises. That coupled with it's laid-back vibe is probably what damns it to the category of background music. Having said this, it took a few spins for The Iron Sea to kick in, so maybe I'll be eating my words soon.