This album is one of my favorites, as is this band, so I have a huge bias. It honestly took me a long time to get used to their sound, and it took me a real long time to get used to this whole cd. The first song I listened to was 7/4 which is an amazing mellow song with good sounds. I love their variety, from songs that are slow, to epic songs that are really grand, and then songs that have a nice laid backbeat with some nice vocals. This band does it all in a weird way, but its a way I like and I think works extraordinarily well. Obviously there are issues people have, but that for me went away after continuous repeats of the album. I didn't like the layering, but that eventually became an issue of the past, as everytime i listened to it, I heard something new, and it added more texture and more dynamics to the music.
Overall, give this a chance, and hopefully if you are patient, you will like it.