By Bill Wyman
Updated July 19, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

A lot of bands hit the scene with a good album or two and then gradually fade into irrelevancy. That’s what the Psychedelic Furs did in the ’80s, after their first two wonderfully caustic and languid records. By the time of Midnight to Midnight in 1987, their hit ”Heartbreak Beat” merely confirmed the group’s descent into teenybopper limbo. But then came 1989’s Book of Days, which suggested that the band was getting serious again — and now here’s World Outside. The ominous cushion of guitars on the leadoff ”Valentine” signals that the murky Furs sound, with its resigned sardonicism, is back. ”In My Head” has a roaring chorus worthy of old, and halfway through the album, just when most bands start to slack off, comes a trio of songs (”Tearing Down,” ”There’s a World,” and the weary ”Get a Room”) whose elusive soundscapes nicely fill out this surprising comeback. A-