These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Creator Breakdown: Analyzed in "Brian Wilson," with multiple shout outs to different major signposts in Wilson's actual Creator Breakdown. Later turned meta when Brian Wilson covered "Brian Wilson."
Dude, Not Funny!: The line "Better chance you're gonna buy it at the mall" in the upbeat and lighthearted song "Odds Are", released less than a year after the Toronto mall shooting in summer 2012.
Ear Worm: "It's been...one week since you looked at me!"
Executive Meddling: Discussed in "Box Set": "Disc Two, it was all brand new, an album's worth of songs/But we had to leave the whole disc blank 'cause some other label bought 'em."
Fittingly, the two new songs on Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits were susceptible to this: "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" had its original title in parenthesis because the label didn't want to market a single with a Non-Appearing Title, and "Thanks That Was Fun" was originally called "One Weaker" before the label vetoed it.
Harsher in Hindsight: A great number of songs after Steven Page's departure, most notably "Call and Answer", "Alcohol", and "War on Drugs".
"Sell, Sell, Sell", an already politically charged song, becomes this after 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror.
Especially with the line about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.