Major/Minor would be their best album in my eyes if it weren't so lyrically heavy-handed and preachy in such an overbearing way.
Musically, I'm a big fan of it. But the lyrics just weigh on everything. The only songs that are still listenable to me are the ones that can be left open to interpretation, not bowing to any overtly religious theme. "Words in the Water" is one of those songs, I agree.
"In Exile" still really holds up for me as well, possibly more than any other song in their discography, though the rest of Beggars has its share of songs I could take or leave.
As for Alchemy Index, it was an ambitious project that could have been a lot better. "Broken Lungs" holds up the most of all the songs from that era, I think.
In the end I think this band couldn't hold it together because of Dustin's ties to a certain brand of extreme religiosity, which only became increasingly pronounced with each passing album. All you have to do is listen to the lyrics.
I don't think I would want to hear any new music from this band. And I don't see it happening either.
Phil, I'm pretty sure I started eating the skin of Kiwis thanks to you posting about it in the past. I still do that and I love how people look at me like I'm crazy when I mention it but I just tell them, "Nah, it's super edible, naw big deal."