All sounds about right to me sj, I'll chime in with another 9 good buddy!Going with a "9". This kind of fell under-the-radar for me around time of release (new 5.1's from Jethro Tull and Al Stewart are tough competition, after all), but I've really been enjoying it lately.
While the music isn't exactly 'innovative' by any means, I actually think it's a huge improvement over The Savior - it's shorter, the songs are catchier, and there's more variety in terms of melodies/instrumentation.
The 5.1 is your typical Bob Clearmountain surround mix, which is to say it's excellent. Lots of discrete elements in all five speakers, plus some creative use of reverb/delay to fill the room. I particularly liked the guitar line that moves around the room in "Sign Of The Times", and the horns that come blasting from the rear speakers in "The Same Old Dream".
Once again, the rhythm section and lead vocal are almost completely isolated in the center speaker. I still find this mixing approach somewhat jarring at times ("Remember To Forget" starts off with only the center producing any sound), but it seems to work better here than it did on The Band's self-titled album. I never felt like the entire front soundstage was confined to that one speaker.
My only real complaint is that the Blu-Ray edition uses a burned rewritable disc. Other independent artists doing 5.1, such as Mary Fahl and Alan Williams, managed to have genuine discs replicated. For that reason, I'd definitely recommend the downloadable versions (5.1 FLAC & Atmos MKV) over the physical disc.