I've listened to it four times now and have come to the conclusion that it's fantastic. Sure, nothing can ever possibly match "Searching.." or "Don't Stand...", two of my favourite albums of all time, but it's just a great album that is going quickly beyond "not bad for a comeback" status to standing on its own two feet in comparison to the back catalogue.
The four track sequence of "I'm Thinking of You", "I'm always going to love you", "Incapable of Love" and "Nowhere is Home" is phenomenally strong, gave me goosebumps listening to it in the car today.
The drums have clearly been miked up to the room rather than to the individual drums, so yeah, it's a gripe. I can understand the thinking behind it, the production has a raw sound that clearly sounds like a group, but the drums sound quite amateurish, like a poorly recorded radio session.
I'm sort of getting over it now, but it bothered me on the first couple of plays. I can imagine it would annoy people enough to put them off the album, I think Stuart Maconie was critising it along those lines.