I'm not really a fan of digipacks, although I thought the original booklet for Highway Companion (being almost the size of a passport) was kind of clever. That's why I find this edition a reasonable improvement packaging wise.
But of course what really matters here are the bonus tracks.
Home: I haven't exactly connected with this yet. It holds the same "default" (for lack a better term) theme as the album's second half. No one highlight really sticking out here.
Around The Roses: Totally different story. And frankly, I get selfish and frustrated when I think this song could have sat unreleased for years. Great mood, gorgeous harmonies and beautiful guitar work.
Big Weekend (demo): Eh.
This Old Town (demo): I like this. The finished version isn't that much heavier, but if you enjoy it, the demo is a nice calmer alternative.
Is this the next (maybe last) trend in CD marketing? An expanded special edition of a year old album? Well, we have no singles anymore. So if this is what gets extra songs released these days, I'm in.