HTTT - I would have been just fine with an EP consisting of "2+2 = 5," "Sit Down. Stand Up," "Sail To The Moon," "Where I End And You Begin," "There There," "Myxamatosis" and "A Wolf At The Door." I don't think the other songs blow per se, but I never get the urge to hear any of them (and found it baffling that "Go To Sleep" was a single.) It's a decent album anyway but their most weirdly inconsistent. It's difficult to tell what the public opinion of it is 17 years later!
Oh God, the glory days of everyone picking apart an eagerly anticipated new CD track by track and then coming on to an Internet message board to squawk about it. Ahhh, wasted youth! Hell, we didn't even really do that with In Rainbows, did we? And that's their third best album!
It's weird to tell what does and does not hold up when you're past 30. I feel a weird nostalgia now for boneheaded frat rock from the early 00s, like Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy"; at that actual time, new alt-rock just seemed like bored re-heatings that couldn't compare to the early 90s glory days.
But regarding Pink Floyd, I had the same reaction you did--after years of having the idea drilled into my head that "Roger Waters was such a dick," I watched the movie of The Wall and found it a wonderful replacement for the CD which I'll probably never listen to again, and found myself really liking The Final Cut, an album the prog-heads who got me into Floyd in high school repeatedly squalled at me never, ever to listen to (they also hated 90125 beyond belief.) In response to Pink Floyd being brought up here about 8 years ago I posted a subject line "*turns 31, finds Roger Waters weirdly resonant (nt)*" and had to be reminded by Derrick that The Wall compares teenage stadium rock concerts to fascist rallies, something that could only come from an embittered 36 year old like Roger!