The press material shouts evolution and a whole new sound, but I find but tenderly fractional updates in a somewhat tired formula. Now, I like garlic quite a bit, but I use it with moderation. Overdoing what you like; be it food, movies or music, or what you are good at, tend to become uninteresting and routine after a while. Strip Music, while skilled at their craft, boost their pompous engine a tad too much here and there on this new offering. The song writing still excels, thankfully, but patches of it are concealed by the sheer volume of sound.
The devotees won't have any problems praising "Hollywood & Wolfman" as it plays to the band's strenghts, maybe too much this time around. "This Morning", "Bright Eyes" and "Lucy" are the lightposts to go for first.