I don't know what was different this year, but I found myself liking the music. All of it, even the opening lobby entertainment by The Glenn Gould School of New Music Ensemble, was enjoyable. "My Twentieth Century" the pre-concert Ensemble piece was different, sure, but the mixture of poetry and music worked for me.
Completely switching gears, Adams' "Doctor Atomic Symphony" was up next. It's a 25 minute, single movement work based on his opera of the same name
For an analysis by a real critic, try the National Post.