Something happened once the CD era became locked in and bands were intent on filling the entire 70+ runtime: albums got worse. There were lots of great songs, but the albums seemed to be less about a focused effort, and more about fillings space. I remember vividly getting Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 and wondering why the album just. wouldn't. end. Some bands have large gaps between albums, making one wish they would just split a lengthy effort in two (like Rush should have with Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows). But then there are bands who seem to pump out albums every two years regardless of whether they feel inspired or not (Megadeth) which seem a sure indication that they require the ongoing revenue each new album provides, and the stimulus for a tour that will garner interest. Cheap Trick has definitely sunk into this category now also. But I will say this: it is better to have new music to say 'meh' to from artists we appreciate, than it is to be languishing with what passes for music for the new generation.