If the late 1970s caught Yes flirting with the musical looseness and aggressions unleashed by the punk explosion ("Going For The One" and "Don't Kill The Whale" are scarcely recognizable as the band that once told Tales From Topographic Oceans, the early 1980s found them honing in on even newer disciplines, as they overcame a crop of crippling personnel disruptions and allowed producer Trevor Horne to lead them into the promised land of the synthipop boom.
Written by newly recruited guitarist Trevor Rabin, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was, in fact, one of the four songs he handed to Chris Squire when first approached to form a new, decidedly non-Yes-styled, band with the bassist. Of course, that project (dubbed Cinerama) quickly became a reborn Yes, and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" itself is, according to which side of the fence you sit, either the ultimate betrayal of the classic Yes sound, or an absolutely rejuvenated band getting to grips with everything the new age could throw at them.
In fairness, it is Horne's production that offers the record its most instantly identifiable flavour (what would one give to hear an earlier version of the band play the song, before the machines kicked into play!), but that is also a major part of its charm. Besides, one cannot argue with its success - Yes' first #1 single, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" remains an entire generation's first exposure to a band that might otherwise have passed them by completely.