It looks so stupid, seriously. Is this the best Google can do?. I agree that its less cluttered but looks very ugly. I might not set this kind of layout in my directory page even.. Stupid, a very difficult design. Suddenly started to love Bing, it gives a great user experience at-least.
Looks like in the process of making it less cluttered and simple, Google forgot about what users will feel about this.. utterly disappointed..