I'm sort of in agreement with both MR and EK. I do think the phrase "pre–New Wave sorta-punk" was a bit incorrect for the albums cited. The later "These records refuse to mind the gap between power pop and pub rock" was all that needed to be said.
As for "Labour Of Lust" and the new edition, I am a bit disappointed that the original version of "Cruel To Be Kind" as performed by Brinsley Schwarz (for a never released last album) was not included as a bonus track, and yes I do know it WAS released as a bonus track on the re-release of "Jesus Of Cool", but they should was included it anyway for comparison's sake (and for those for those who some unknown reason didn't have [or plan to get] the "JOC" disc).
I have always felt it's a better version, what with Bob Andrews' organ propelling it along, although I can certainly see how the solo version would be much more suited for radio. Either way it's a great song.
As for MR and EK, please get over your differences...
As Nick says...“We must have peace, more peace and love, if just for the children of a new generation..."