Act II - wow that’s a laborious listen.
The reality is 50% of Machina 1&2 is just not good. Most of the heavier tracks specifically. Both versions of BSBT are trash.
I recently put together what I consider the definitive one-disc Machina tracklist. It’s what Machina needed to be, to achieve any sort of commercial success - it disregards any sort of the pretentious “narrative mystery” bullshit, turning it into their second-best album outside MCIS. I’m going to post it with it’s own artwork to great fanfare when I can be bothered.