I would say that the record got as much negative reception from large media outlets as it did positive. Not to mention that on pretty much every site I read other than this one, as well as the more musically inclined people that i usually hang around, the band is pretty hated.
As a music major I feel that my knowledge of music makes me enjoy them more. They do a lot with simple chord progressions and borrow a lot from other genres like RnB, hip hop, and classical.
EDIT: but I understand a lot of people just don't think they are special at all. I'm just not one of them.