In April of 1978 The Vibrators released V2, their second album. It would peak at UK#33 thanks to the single "Automatic Lover". The Vibrators played four songs from the album on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Most critics felt the album paled in comparison to the 1977 classic debut Pure Mania. In the New Rolling Stone Record Guide Dave Marsh called V2 "a letdown, the energy dissipated with nothing but the cheap thrills of secondhand kinkiness to compensate" , and in Trouser Press Ira Robbins wrote "while some of the material is not that different from the debut LP, V2 is pretentious and overblown, following too many different cul-de-sacs to hang together."