One positive thing I can say, is that the lyrics at least have a direction in these new songs. You can have an idea of what they're about. In the last 10 years or so Neil has sometimes seemed lyrically adrift to me. I like when songwriting is open-ended enough that the meaning is debatable... but there's a vast difference between the gorgeous impressionism of Nails In My Feet and the vapid shruggery of Saturday Sun and its throwaway garbage lyrics like "my head is alright." I was also quite skeptical of something like Archer's Arrows, which was compelling enough musically but felt like a vague and toothless collection of images which suggested some kind of ideological statement but never really got there.
These new ones strike a good balance between having a discernible theme but getting there through interesting imagery.