More detailed thoughts:
1) I don't want to bring Animal Collective into this, but this feels like Deerhunter's version of Centipede Hz, because it feels like both albums were deliberate attempts to weed out casual fans who don't quite know what the band is REALLY about.
2) I like that this has more emphasis on rock than the emphasis on pop that Microcastle and Halcyon Digest have.
3) I find it continues in the same vein as Halcyon, but more tightened up and consistent.
4) Vernhes's production suits the band a lot better than Ben Allen's did.
5) It sounds like they're actually having fun on this (contrary to Bradford being quoted [circa Parallax] as saying that "Desire Lines" was the only song on Halcyon he still liked, and that was because he was restricted to only playing what Lockett wanted). Also, unlike Halcyon, it feels like a Deerhunter album, and not an Atlas Sound album; it feels like there's more of an interband dynamic present.
6) In that Rolling Stone article, Lockett wasn't lying about there being a bit of a Royal Trux influence at points.
7) While the album, as a whole, improves on Halcyon, it lacks some of the memorability songs like "Desire Lines", "Don't Cry", and "He Would Have Laughed" have.
8) After Spooky Action at a Distance turned out to be the best Deerhunter-related release since Microcastle (or maybe Logos), I was hoping for more contributions from Lockett; I like Bradford, but it would be nice to have two songwriters sort of friendlily competing. But nope, just one song by Pundt.
9) There's times where the mixing (namely, how loud the vocals are at times) gets sort of grating.
Overall, I was looking for was an album that improved on Halcyon and it did that. It's no masterpiece, but it's great.