Bruce Gilbert is a brilliant musician, but often he doesn't even try to make music, just ideas, and AB Ovo is the epitome of music created by ideas. This music shows that the four things that make music popular: conventional structure, quality production, catchy hooks, and gimmicks, are simply not necessary to create something with emotion.
The album varies greatly in sound and structure, no two pieces similar to each other. Within the first two tracks you go from electronic drone to minimal percussion and guitar. The different pieces are all rather repetitive, but in a good way; nothing is 'cut and paste' production (or at least doesn't sound like it), which gives AO a much more organic feel and more volume. The title track itself is almost an album all on its own, not out of length, but from the many different sounds and textures that develop and die within those 24 minutes.
I'm a big Wire fan, and although I feel that Wire's latest album falls short musically because of Gilbert's, I am kind of glad he is now able to fulfill more of his own musical ideas.