When I first played this I thought 'Oh dear, what have you done?'
However, having listened to it several times I think they have done a great job with this album. It is quiet 'rock-opera' in places particularly exogenesis and feels a little disjointed at times but overall still a great album to blast out in the car.
The disjointedness(?) comes from the jumping around of styles both from track to track and within some tracks themselves, for example Uprising is a great stadium track followed by Resistance which has a really long quiet intro. After that we have Undisclosed Desires which sounds like something a boy-band would do (I like it though).
You can also hear other group infuences in many of the songs, the Queen take with vocal harmonising and Brian May guitar is very obvious as is the hybrid Maroon5/ Madness track 'I Belong To You which also has the French ballad Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix stuck in the middle (which I feel does not fit with the song)
So overall still a great album but hard to listen to hence the lost stars
[EDIT] After listening to it several times more (x20) i have decided to increase its rating from 3 to 4 stars, as it has grown on me and I appreciate the work that has gone into this album. Still wish the classical interlude in the middle of one of the songs was much shorter (and musically would have fitted much better in my opinion)