Surprised this hasn't generated more discussion... where has everyone gone around here?!
And I'm inclined to agree with lusty, too. Lazaretto's a good album, but felt a bit inorganic and uncohesive to me. Three years later, my favorite track on it by far is High Ball Stepper. These "servings and portions" sound like he used jumped off the HBS high dive into an Olympic-sized pool of experimentation. Really seems like the touring hiatus and doing other things for a while was good for him, like it lit his musical fire again.