I've just bought this album, and my first impression is quite good. I, too, like what I have understood of the lyrics at first listen - lately, he keeps surprising me with his gift for writing good lyrics. I remember a bit about the nervous system being about to "tilt" and a bit of the title song where he asks God to "help us through this mess". Bluebird seems to be right - a lot of thoughts seem to have gone into this one.
Sometimes I feel a bit uneasy about his singing though - maybe it's just because I know it was his last album. I wonder if at the time of making it, he knew himself? I don't know but it nearly made me cry.
In the booklet, he gives credit to lots of people (it was nice to learn Dhani had been quite involved - I didn't know that before) - among them "our Jeff", "Ringo & Barb" and a certain Paul. Was that his former bandmate or some other guy? I had heard that towards the end, they had to some extent made it up, but did it go that far?
It's the start of a journey
To a much better place
And this wasn't bad
So a much better place
Would have to be special...