After listening to the album last night on my lovely headphones I can say it definitely deserves much of that praise.
The album is said to be a big departure from their first album 'Strange House' which didn't get nearly as many positive reviews.
In this new album they capture the spirit of bands like Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jesus & Mary Chain as well as newer bands like Interpol & The Editors which also draw from similar influences with the difference being that with this record they also mix in shoegazer influences like My Bloody Valentine to create their own sound. They also got Portishead producer Geoff Barrow to produce this record which might account for the excellent production values and smooth flow of the album.
The record reminds me of M83's brilliant album from last year 'Saturdays = Youth' which did a similar thing in mixing 80's influences with their own style to create something exciting. This is the closest feel to that I've heard so far this year.
See what you think... Here's the opening and closing track from the album, plus their video for 'Who Can Say'.