Rather like The Stranglers, Wire were perhaps a little old for the punk scene. By the time of the release of this third album they sounded as far removed from their mature forefathers as they could get. As an exercise in weirdness from start to finish this is a fine example. Some of the glacial keyboard textures on show here could rival Joy Division in their haunting quality but on occasions this is sometimes at the expense of a memorable tune. The closest to a recognisable melody is 'Map Ref. 41°N 93°W' but elsewhere the album is sinister and yet at the same time oddly addictive. Tracks such as 'A Touching Display', 'The Other Window' and extra track 'Go Ahead' are truly menacing and, rather like a good horror movie, they have to be heard even though you know you're going to be frightened.