I can hear many of them improved by being sped up and moved to guitars, more in the CH or One Nil/All way with all the eccentric touches that give each song a signature. The hooks would leap out more, the music would feel more muscular and assertive, enhancing the gorgeous chord changes and making intricate harmonic musical development within the arrangements clearer.
I think the album will be wonderful and the mix will clarify and help each track feel more distinct from one another, but, at the moment, at least, I tend to agree with those who feel the form has overwhelmed the content in this instance. I will wait for the final results to draw any real conclusions, but I'm not positive this method of recording, in the end, didn't end up being more of a gimmick than the ideal way to make an album.
I have been talking to a non-internet Finn fan friend of mine over the past weeks following these webcasts, and the thing that keeps coming up in our discussion is the missing hooks. That is the missing element in many of these songs. I don't think that is due to the arrangements. For example, Catherine Wheels and Try Whistling This are very slow, quiet Finn songs, but the way the chord changes and melodies twist and turn is full of hooks that I don't hear in songs like Terrorise Me or Widow's Peak.
I truly doubt that Neil meant this exercise as a gimmick in any way. I think he did it to force himself to stop over-tinkering. Neil just doesn't strike me as a gimmicky type of guy.