I think he’s done some good stuff since Vauxhall. However, I think he’s also painted himself into a corner artistically.
He spent almost his entire career doing songs of the same basic mood and in the same basic way. So, now any departure from his familiar formula seems unnatural to those who, at least, used to like what he was about.
Out one door go some of his alienated devotees. Out another door, but years ago, went those who got sick of him doing the same old shit.
For this record to recapture, or hold, the totality of his audience, it had to be amazing. Unfortunately, it seems less than amazing.