Seconded! I only wish there was a Rimmer salute smiley to commend your excellent choice of avatar!
Regarding the album cover, I think it's decent enough if perhaps a little too 'bright'. The choice of image is nice but it's not quite up there with my favourite Pink Floyd album covers (my top five are Atom Heart Mother, Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Division Bell), although then again Meddle doesn't have a particularly great cover yet is fantastic album so really the music is more important I think.
Some(including me) would say Dave and Nick (and Rick) are playing to their strengths on this record. ie their musicianship. The big thing which was missing post Roger was lyrical content. That's not going to be a factor here with only one track with lyrics written by Polly Sampson. Got to say I'm very much looking forward to it.