Listen to a live version of "There Goes God" with Hessie on drums. (The version on the Recurring Dream bonus disc is my favourite, and you can hear it here.) Don't they sound fat? That lovely reverb; you sound like you're right there with the band.
Now, listen to anything Neil has done in the last 10 years - the new charity single is a very obvious example. All the drums sound like they had a towel sitting on top of them.
Does Neil have something against drum reverb, or is it just the shifting of the music industry and I'm a curmudgeon?