I really dig the storytelling. And the bestiary, locations etc... Some quest arcs like the Bloody Baron and Crookback Bog made this game really enjoyable, even if the main story isn't the most intriguing. Expansions are worth trying as well.
Meh, I don't mind small tempo changes like this and it's probably intended. Slightly increasing or decreasing the tempo when going into another part can have a nice effect sometimes.
As for my Maiden blasphemy, Hooks in You is a really fun song.