Understand that when this album was released in 1979, those of us who bought it -- on vinyl, with the "postcard" of the band on the cover perforated for removal -- were surrounded by a sea of slick, ponderous AOR mediocrity. Even the heretofore edgy Blondie released their "manistream" Parallel Lines album in the same year, complete with 'The Disco Song.' The spuds' sophomore effort is substantially more futuristic, warped, and in your face than their first album. Ditties like the odd but fathomable "Space Junk" and "Mongoloid" on 1978's Are We Not Men? have now devolved to songs like "Swelling Itching Brain" and "The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize."
This is not to say that the guitars and beats aren't there, as evidenced by their cover of "Secret Agent Man," both the remaster studio version and the bonus live version, but the band is, yes, more devolved. Instead of a standard post-punk rock band with an emphasis on synthesizers, they are now, with this album, becoming one of the first synthesizer bands crossing over into critical and commercial success.
For those who care about such things -- and I suspect the audience for this record fits the description -- the sound of this remaster manages to retain the late 70's/early 80's "sound," but with increased dynamic punch and more natural midrange.