The album received good reviews upon its release and significant radio airplay. It is generally recognised as a concept album about alien abduction with the tracks thus following a sequential story line. If this is true, the storyline was presented out of sequence for the USA edition of the album, as the tracks had been shuffled while one song, 'Tokyo', was removed altogether. Also, the version of 'I Ran' with the extended intro was replaced with the UK single and video version of the song as the opening track.
 In his review for AllMusic, Tom Demalon gave the album 4.5 stars, calling it "great fun and a wonderful collection of new wave ear candy."
Prominent critic Robert Christgau was also happy with it, giving it an A- and saying that it is "so transparently, guilelessly expedient that it actually provides the hook-chocked fun most current pop bands only advertise." Other reviews pointed out the bands "pioneering sounds, compelling hooks and undeniably addictive gimmicks."
The band, and particularly this album, were influential during the 1980s, for their memorable image and also for their surprisingly effective production techniques, which at one point garnered the respect of legendary record producer Phil Spector, who in the 1980s called the album "phenomenal."