This is my point about Valentine, and why I think that still, the songs we heard on the S/T were near flawless because of the changes Valentine made in the studio. I know that we weren't around to hear all the changes that SJ made to the songs in terms of lyrics, melodies, etc., but Valentine was the key. The production was absolutely unbelievable. On the flip side, the changes SJ has made in the studio on OOTV were watered down and didn't sound at all like the 3eb we know. Everyone knows that and sometimes are afraid to say it.
To add to this - let's take Sharp Knife for example. Valentine is the kind of producer who could probably turn this song into the greatest third eye blind song ever. Literally. I'm currently listening to the version from "The Interview" and it is almost perfect. Obviously SJ didn't know some of the lyrics so he's sometimes fucking with them during it, but in terms of the chorus, etc. the "oooooh and it's all disappearing...oooooh it all falls apart," the breakdown, tony's solo, the ending with the screaming. It is simply amazing. Fastforward to 3:20 into the song and from the rest on it is a musical masterpiece. Chances are this song will be watered down by SJ and when that day comes I will be so mad i might shit myself.