It's only contrived if you make it that way by climbing absolutely straight up. Move around a little. It is enjoyable, with representative rumney holds and moves, including a kneebar if you like, at an easy grade.
A few years ago, with Tom's permission, the route was fully retroed , with nice 1/2 glue-in bolts added for protection and anchors.
Make sure to be considerate and don't top rope directly through the anchors, but through your own quickdraws.