ATE features such uniquely otherworldly poetry that the writer's somewhat masculine-as-default mindset seems almost excusable at first listen. I could listen to the album's eponymous track all day, it's glorious. Looking Glass Waltz sounds especially like Morrissey to me.
Songs are less self-indulgent and more concisely written. There's less filler on this LP and songs that focus more on structure and melody. If new-wave-inspired pop isn't your thing, that's perfectly fine, but the only potentially valid criticism of this record is that it sounds more like a Morrissey record than a Merchandise record (and how is that necessarily a bad thing anyway?) And if any of these pitchfork hipster dorks give you a reason why this album is allegedly bad, those are the reasons why it's so good. I love this record and this band.