While I understand where several of you are coming from, one thing I don't understand or agree with is the notion that The Hunting Party was a "safe" album. Safe in what way? If it is compared to modern or popular rock, it comes across as being quite different. The fact that THP uses mostly raw instrumentation and scaled back on electronic effects indicates to me that it was more risky than safe. I say this because I have heard more and more modern rock songs that are largely electronic and do not emphasize rawness or aggression like THP does. As we know, straight-up electronic music or music with prominent electronic elements are virtual "Kings of the Hill" in today's music culture. So again, how exactly is THP a "safe" album when put into the context of modern music that is classified as "rock" or a related sub-genre? Edit: On the actual topic: I can't really say for sure whether Mike or any of the other band members are limiting themselves one way or another. While I would like to see more in-depth or thought-provoking lyricism, I can understand why LP would write simpler or easier to understand lyrics. Songs with more concrete, rather than abstract, lyrics will be more understandable and consequently more accessible to a wider audience. That said, I really do enjoy when LP steps into the Twilight Zone and writes more abstract lyrics which aren't immediately clear but can be interpreted in various ways. The simple beauty of music is that it is always open to interpretation.