Hmm. I can only assume your circle of friends is small. Most metal review sites I visit seemed underwhelmed as well. How many years was it in recording? Something like 5-6 years at least? Supposedly there was so much orchestration that Jari was having problems with computers being unable to handle the amount of multi-tracking being used?
And then he releases Time I and it's like 4 songs with a bunch of filler, and the guitar is actually pretty far in the "background" of a few of the tracks.
I'd have to agree with MaceRider. There was so much hype about Time I coming out and since their first album was seriously kick-ass, I was hoping the second would be just as good, if not better. I was disappoint. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it has anything on Wintersun.