Bedlam is similar in style to Amp but it feels like the songwriting was actually inspired, whereas like I said Amp (to me) feels like they were making weird prog songs for the sake of making weird prog songs. I stopped listening to the band for a while around the time Amp came out and Bedlam renewed my interest in them.
I don't feel like it's that similar in style to Bedlam, I mean yeah in some ways (in comparison to previous albums), but I think the aesthetic is completely different, and a lot of the style & musical elements too, they're at least as different to me as Deloused & Bedlam. And I completely disagree with the inspired bit, but obviously this is a long held view of yours and whatnot. It lacks the theatricism and, I dunno, majestic grandeur of the previous albums, but the mixing has a great deal to do with that, imo.
I appreciate Amputechture much more now for the musical talent on display, especially considering what came after it.
Also, it was the album that I always used to get new people into TMV, my friends couldn't listen to DITC or FTM, saying it was just a bunch of noise, but with Amp they were like "oh, this is quite nice".
Haha. Even though Amp was my first Volta album, I find this quite surprising.