Superstar Car Wash to Let Love In all range from good to great. The last 2 (unless there's one after Magnetic i'm unaware of) are pretty uneventful, outside of 'Home', which I found catchy. Hold Me Up is also pretty good, despite it's rawness. Not a fan of the earliest, more punk-driven material.
I agree... the past 3 albums seem to lack passion I found in most of their other albums.
I never really listened to the first two albums that much, but Hold Me Up is where they started to invent their signature sound. Superstar Carwash is where I think they hit the sweet spot, and although they slowly grew more radio friendly from there on, Superstar Carwash through Gutterflower were all gold in my opinion. Let Love In is where it tarted to fell more lackluster, although I found that album still very enjoyable.
I haven't listened to these guys in probably 15 years. They were way, WAY better on the early records. Self titled, Jed, Hold Me Up was good stuff, even Superstar Carwash and Boy Named Goo... they are the poster children of a sellout band. They kicked George out, sold their souls and haven't written a decent song in 20 years.