Nope. Its fine and many thanks for your concern. Like grasbo, I happen to like the change of pace. It helps make In the End a much better song than it would be otherwise.
I would definately not want an album full of Rivendell like songs, but as a change I will take it over Making Memories, Frankly, I can at least remember Rivendell. I have a hard time remembering Making Memories. Its not horrible but its just totally lost among far better songs on a very good album.
Which would I prefer, an album full of Making Memories songs or an album full of Rivendell style songs?? Neither frankly. Give me an album full of By-Tor. But if must take one or the other, give me the elves,
BTW - the more I think about it, this is definately a top 10 album for me.