Try and focus on Boris' inventive drum patterns next time you listen. You can of course compare to live versions with Jason if you wish to do so...
I've done this, and yes, drums are great, but the whole album is genius. I find it difficult to concentrate on the drums alone though, the songs just flow and the instruments melt into each other , but yes, the parts i could 'isolate' are great.
That said i tried to listen to the latest albums,with Jason, and i don't know, maybe it is the mixing or how the albums were edited, but sound kinda dull, maybe that is the way is meant to be, but instruments on Bloodflowers, The Cure and 4:13 are difficult to listen them individually, those albums do not sound crisp, clear. So hard to appreciate the drums, too much noise. Very different than the previous studio albums.
Someone once said a band is only as good as its drummer... and when you look at The Cure, the height of the band was in 1989 (or 1992 if we talk about live concerts)
I do not think it is due to the drummer, but just the music. After Wish the albums are different, not necessarily worse, but each album before WIsh had its own unique personality, that is why i find so difficult to choose one over another, because Faith has nothing to do with Kiss Me or Disintegration or The top. However from Bloodfowers and on, all albums sound kinda 'samey', not as inspired, maybe. I don't think that Jason is the cause, but more of a victim of the sound that Robert is pursuing with the last records.
I go back and forth, sometimes I think "This sucks and everybody needs to know it right now!" and sometimes I think "It's just...different. Enjoy it differently." That doesn't work all that often though, unfortunately. They are really playing well live at the moment
Well, if they are playing well now then jason is doing well too. I guess. I didn't follow the band that much lately, and didn't have info about the reasons some members went and others came, so i am updating myself with info so i may be wrong, but it seems that Jason was really 'amateur' when joined the band so his role was probably just play whatever he was told, instead of having a more active input like Boris that had experience. ANd he has probably kept that role, just following Robert's directives.
That said, i also read that Perry wasn't a great guitarist, but many, including myself, really liked him so i still think that people are unfair with Jason compared to other members of the band. Imagine yourself , young, being able to play in the band of your dreams, i would do everything Robert told me to do