There is a typo in the Skylarking review, second paragraph opens with "Tood" Rundgren.
So Skylarking has suddenly grown on me tremendously, to the point that I'm basically in agreement with your score. It is an EXTREMELY interesting and catchy album, and it obviously had a ton of care and thought put into it during the recording and sequencing processes. I'm not sure if it's my favorite 80s album or not (Rain Dogs is still my pick right now, but let's not get into how much I disagree with your review of that one!), but it's up there.