[quote=fb_matt_crouch]Have you ever heard the old adage, Never talk about religion and politics with friends? There is a reason why that saying has been around for years.[/quote]
This, exactly, is why I will not comment on the rest of your post.
I Like their lyrics and I agree with most of their ideas.
Y'know... One of the reasons MANY artists create music, is to share their feelings.
So, if they were thinking about teddy bears and old leather wallets, that's what they would have written the album about. However, being a very prominent topic, politics are in everyone's minds nowadays, so why would they feel restrained about it? Bands need to write and share whatever occupies their heads (and whatever they WANT to share).
To me, this is just a normal situation.
James LaBrie, by far... this is one of the first DT records that I can't even concentrate in the music while he sings, he just draws all the attention when he's on... AMAZING performance, and amazing album altogether!!!
Hmm.. apparently I'm also in Lenny Kravitz mailing list...