I think that the the passing is kind of addicitive, problem is it feels half finished, an raw, in a bad way. It is especially the higher notes that sound bad to me, maybe it is the Studiologic Sledge to blame ? as he list in the album notes he use more then oberheim synths on this one.
Also in general as with latest steve roach albums, it so dry sounding, gives us more reverb, longer decay and wetter sound, Just because some people is analog purists does not mean you are not allowed to use reverb..
I still consider this as one of his better albums it is honest, it almost have a cinematic quality, I like the chord structure a lot it is addictive, it is not the chord structure I blame but the actual synth patches used. If he have the midi saved he could easily transform it to something much better. I would like some more sounds like environmental sounds etc to be filled in. I really like that "Minor" chord in the chord structure, it sound very emotional, I guess it that specific minor chord that gives the overall sad feeling.
I have only been listening to this album in headphones, I am very sure it will sound better in the speakers since speaker listening is usually more forgiving on such details