I think this album falls into the category of "coulda been, shoulda been." The songs are good - it's an enjoyable listen, tune-wise. Unfortunately the surround mix sucks. Nearly total ambience in the rears. For 99% of the time the surround experience does not happen.
I must confess I don't listen to surround all that often, therefore my experience is somewhat limited.
Others here will be better able to differentiate a "good" surround mix from a "bad" one.
Are active surrounds preferable to a more ambient approach? I certainly don't know.
A matter of opinion maybe?.....and a subject for another place and time.
With that in mind all I can say is that I really enjoyed this one from a music, sound quality and surround standpoint.
That's why I asked Jon to add it to the poll.