I used to think that, Polaris is really not as good as the 2 others. One is my favorite and AS is right behind it, sometimes it's the contrary, but Polaris always felt underwhelming compared to those two. But now I think that it's still a great album, just not as good as the others, it's still a really enjoyable piece of work. That being said, yeah, I'm really not convinced by their new single, and I hope that it will be the demo version by Acle that'll end up on the actual album.
Smile absolutely slays. I think Dan didn't really know what direction to take the vocals in with polaris, so he was honestly kind of all over the place while this feels more focused. Also, people are complaining about the "sound quality" everywhere so it should be said that this is not the final mix/master of the song since the album isn't done yet. And with that said not all music has to have super crisp sound that was on Altered State and Polaris I mean alot of you love One despite it's very thin sound.
You just can't compare O'hara and Dan! Both are awesome in their own way, and have good and bad sides. But that 's not something worth arguing about! Just listen and enjoy!!! Polaris is stunning. Period.
Polaris lacks energy at times and feels a little short but overall the thoughtful songwriting, infectious grooves and Dan's powerful vocals still does the trick for me. 3 Rock solid albums under their belt :)