@Phrygian Sunshine: Oh, sorry about that. I didn't mean to imply that it has to be either/or. I just believe that DT haven't been composing with the intention of creating art for the last few albums. I agree that a lot of their music is both artistic and entertaining.
I discovered six degrees of inner turbulence in 2002. Pretty soon I had bought all their albums, and nothing was nearly as important to me as music anymore. I was so inspired, moved, obsessed, lifted, changed, transformed, by their music. No band can truly be compared with DT. Technical stuff aside, they are extraordinarily creative musicians.
As has been stated already, you just can't please every fan. However, I have to agree with phrygian sunshine. DT seems a lot less interested in creating art, and more interested in just creating entertainment nowadays. I too, was completely obsessed with everything from awake to six degrees, and although train of thought and octavarium were also great albums, everything after that I found rather difficult to enjoy. They used to be so innovative, now it feels like they're constantly rehashing elements that seemed to work in the past.
...and to this day, I wish for another liquid tension experiment.