As a fan of 80s music and 80s production, I was in heaven when I discovered this. It might be a 'marmite' thing...but I love marmite!
Only a recent discoverer of Numan despite being aware of Cars (etc.) for many years. I was amazed to find albums like this. It's sad that Gary doesn't like this period, perhaps because it wasn't so successful for him. However, it didn't stop him creating a masterpiece of 80s production work.
I think the songs are very good on this album, far more 'catchy' than, say, Berserker, which appeared to be the start of this kind of production. Not that Beserker isn't good, this is far better. Metal Rhythm, to my ear, possibly has better 'pop' songs, and also fabulous production, but this one has the most atmosphere.
Numan obviously knows/knew how to pick the right engineers, programmers etc. I can't imagine it sounding better if Trevor Horn produced it.
If you like moody albums that are laden with reverb and big, effective use of dynamics (very rare these days), you'll love it. Think of a CD equivalent of Blade Runner.
I should note that I've only heard this remaster so don't know if previous releases were as good. The remastered itself should be given lots of credit, dynamics and sound quality have clearly been the priority, so don't expect it smashed to today's levels, the volume control is your friend :o)