The KOL hate is kind of crazy.
This wouldn't really be such a big deal if this weren't true:
Their three albums before that were solid.
Those first three were great, but the band has been paraphrased as saying they were pretty much tired of only being big in Europe, so they did what they had to do to break a million records.
Again, look at that chick, I ain't even mad. Three good records is two more than most bands ever put out. The point here is that they are purposefully alluding to going back to that whiskey rock sound, and I am on the fence as to whether I believe it or not.