I think they're new talents, and as Anton Ego brilliantly wrote in Pixar's "Ratatouille," the new needs friends.
Although Mr. Mertzlufft is getting a lot of attention -- deservedly so -- I'd say that based on the new lyric I highlighted above, Kate Leonard is equally as talented as he is.
Do I think their work so far is quite as polished as it could be? No. But this stuff reveals their instincts, taste & talent, and I imagine that they'll continue to hone their craft in the coming years.
I don't know what this team wants to write, but they can write HITS, and that alone should perk up the interest of anyone in this atmosphere.