I don't see what's the big deal about having Mike be the only producer. If they wanted it to be so they would, but it's clear they value what Rubin has to say. If they want an outside opinion, let them have it. After all, looking at Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns, I'm not sure any change is necessary edit: Also really really happy about this apparent increased work pace. It's much more believable coming from someone not in the band . As I've mentioned before, this will hopefully feed my recent LP hunger lol.