The band is very tight. Maybe lacking the personality of the earlier band (Clune), but it seems to support his new image and it should be obvious David wanted a step away from the electro-folk thing Clune was going for. But in any case the new band is taking far more interesting approach to David's songs. Lot more variety to them than David used to do before.
I agree though that his new album really isn't anything new, I mean.. it's still the same old David. It's kind of between the somewhat overproduced sound of LISM with it's big arrangements vs the folkier, simpler stuff he used to do. It's a shame the album doesn't really reach the quality of it's predecessor songwise. Few highlights like the amazing Fugitive and Nemesis and some other fairly good tunes. But also a lot of boring stuff like Transformation etc. Destroyer and Fugitive had me hoping for more.
You're staring at the sky, but the moon ain't gonna pay our bills.