QR should have quit after PL. I think Tribe had them going in the right direction. Had DeGarmo stayed through the process, finished Justified and added it to the record, and had Hostage been done and on the record as intended, you have a pretty strong release (and adding those songs, they would have eliminated "Losing Myshit" off the record, since Stone would not have been involved).
You add to that the solos that would have been added as well, and you have a much, MUCH better record.
To me, it is undeniable that you have two different eras in Ryche history. With DeGarmo, and without DeGarmo. The latter has some fine moments, but since the core music writer is different, it is understandably not the same.