I've not been impressed by either of these as well. To be honest for me personally, Amouage have gone down hill from the release of Lyric onwards, although some of their attars and the Ubar re-release which isn't as good as the original are fine.
The bottles are no way near as good as they were. Bring back the Cristal 24k, yet Amouage prices still remain high. I'm waiting for something that I can buy again from them. The last one I purchased was Jubilation, but I had many of the releases before this.
Edit: Opinion only based on the men's fragrances, plus my girlfriend uses the new Ubar whilst my mother always had the original.