So, since its leak, people have been babbling about Realism left and right. Awesomely, I've yet to read a negative review (though I expect some naysayers to jump the gun like they did with i and Distortion before this). Not a lot of professional reviews in quite yet, but a quick Twitter search will show a damn happy public, not to mention the good things being said on the mailing list. Good news.
Plus, there is this really good, mostly spoiler-free review (some stuff about "From A Sinking Boat" is revealed, but is still left pretty vague, for those few crazies like me who don't want to hear until the 26th). You can also find previews of the tracks "Seduced and Abandoned" and "You Must Be Out Of Your Mind." I refuse to listen to any more tracks until the 26th, so I must admit to my general shittiness as a blogger and deny my right to comment on them. If you're interested, though, and have resisted the leak thus far, the previews are there for you.
All I can say is that my excitement is somehow continually increasing, even after reaching what felt like its maximum potential. For you leak-users, I hope you're enjoying the album, and I hope you support Mr. Merritt by buying a copy or seeing him on tour. Love the songs like I plan on loving them, good sirs and madams.