A couple things I've learned about enjoying art:
#1 Don't have expectations. Be open to evaluating the artwork on its own merits and not your preconceived notions of what it should be or what you want it to be.
#2 Be a generous audience. Always give the creator the benefit of the doubt and try hard to like something before you reject it.
Generally, just being open to new experiences and letting go of expectations has made me a much happier audience member. I would never say, "yes, I want rapping over 'Loose Tongue'," but I'll be damned if it wasn't freakin' incredible when it happened.
If Neil wants to record an album of piano ballads, I think it's great that he did it in the most interesting way possible. Also, he apparently doesn't plan to tour in support of the album, so he should be free to move on to the next project relatively quickly.
All that being said, I think many of the new songs are fascinating and a welcome addition to the catalog. But I'm reserving judgement until I hear the album. I bet even today Neil and sons are running around the studio like madmen adding little bits and pieces to finish up the songs. No time for over-tinkering, but I bet he's tinkering until the 11th hour!
I might have worried/hoped that recording an entire album live on the internet might lead to a more spontaneous, less rehearsed album. But those fears/hopes were for naught as this album may be one of the most rehearsed and composed album of Neil's career. A little ironic that trying to record an album in a webcast may have led to an even more planned out and structured album.