They are trying to loosen up the refinement and making it look less formal. This is a matter personal preference. Thats the reason ( and I have mentioned this before ) why companies offer Themes.
Here is one good example https://themes.shopify.com/themes?industry=furniture of how the interface is catogorised for varoius industries like Clothing, Jewellery, Furniture etc. The one size fits all policy doesnt work in any industry. While the MySql remains the same, PHP scripting is all that needs to be changed to tailor fit the clients needs.
'IP has stopped listening' has been mentioned in many forums. Lets see if they listen to this theme feedback. If you ask me 4.4 is just perfect. If it an'nt broken why fix it.