I also much prefer TTI to WYW.
I do miss the way each CH release used to be a milestone. The first four records were soundtracks to my life in a way.
Well, that may of course be due to the fact that in younger years music imprints on you differently. But I see what you mean -- I do wish that I could show this album to friends in June and say "man, this really kicks ***, both contemporary or visionary as well as what could be seen as true to the spirit of the band".
For some reason I think about the posthumous single by George Michael, "This is how". The song is pretty typical GM musically, but the lyrics struck me as poignant and relevant because they are an honest look at addiction and how it is "programmed" through the generations.
Something like that is easier, of course, if you write your lyrics rather in a straightforward form. Neil is not really known for that, and that's part of what I have always liked about his writing. The closest I've seen him come to a painful honesty like that in recent years has been (for me) "In my blood".
Part of this may be the name of the band and the legacy it carries; but that could have prompted Neil to write a "Woodface II". Thank the heavens it didn't. I love complex harmonies in songs like "Amsterdam", but ever since CH reunited in 2007 I've been waiting for a moment that would make me perk up and go "oh man!".