It's interesting to think that after making this album these guys (Trever Horn & Geoff Downes) joined Yes! The Buggles and Yes were usually pretty different from eachother. Both bands were, however, managed by Brian Lane. When Trev & Geoff wrote a particularly non-Buggleish song, "Fly from Here," they wanted Yes to perform it. By that time (late '70s / early '80s), Yes was in the habit of writing all their own material, but since Yes was down by two (singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman), they convinced the Buggles to join them for a time.
_Plastic Age_ is an album typical of a sound in the early '80s which offered a sharp contrast to what was typical radio fare in the '70s. Everything got very tinny, antiseptic, electronic, even quirky. This sharply contrasted with the earthy, soulful sounds of the '70s like Grand Funk, Doobie Brothers, and Seals & Crofts. I like either sort of sound, though.
Trevor provides good singing, bass, and guitar, while Geoff provides very neat keyboard parts and some additional vocals. The lyrics tend to be funny, interesting, and clever. I liked this album to begin with, and grew to like it even better with additional listenings. It's beautiful, really.