Junkyard is arguably every bit as loud, violent and theatrical as its predecessor. It is, perhaps, slightly more rooted in blues than Prayers on Fire but, beyond that, it’s pretty much equally unconventional. As fans of Cave and the Bad Seeds will discover, this band is much, much worse (in a good way).
But I think Prayers on Fire has the strong set of songs and the novelty of that record – the novel combination of punk with cabaret, blues and other influences not typically found in post punk – is no longer novel.
This is still excellent post punk, it’s just not quite as trailblazing as its predecessor. It’s easy, in hindsight, to see why they moved on to something else.