As an old 80's youth, I would have to say that this album is arguably the one album that changed the face of music and finally sent disco packing. It set the sound for what would later become "80s music", much like Nirvana's "Never Mind" started the whole grunge scene, and put the 80's sound away for good. Heck, I think Robert Smith started the Goth fashion statement. This album came out at the perfect time when new sounds were being introduced and future bands were starting to click. It's from an era when the Police were brand new, and the B-52s had yet to become the ultimate party band. .
This is a simple album, much like the Violent Femmes first release, full of simple tunes that stay in your head. No drum machines or over programmed keyboards, just some solid guitar and rhythm. It's unfortunate that this release has messed with the tracks. I am lucky enough to actually own an original Friction Records release on CD, which I bought many years ago. All I can surmise is that there must have been some copyright disputes preventing Elektra from obtaining the rights to World War and Object from Friction.
Anyway this is a great album, and has a definite place in history. If you like the Cure or want to follow the sound of a decade, check it out. If you don't like the 80's sound, you most likely won't like this, but it's worth a listen.