Empyrean drags a little to me. It has some great songs but I can't listen to it and enjoy it as easily as his other work. That being said, "Unreachable" is one of my favorite songs of his.
Japanese website CD Japan has posted information about a new, advanced, John release, an EP coming up on 14th August. There's no cover art available yet, but there's a release name and it's Outsize.