Rebel Yell overflowed with furious rockers like its title track and "Flesh For Fantasy," which made it fairly ironic that its biggest hit came from a song that tempered rock firepower with a heavy dose of new wave-styled moodiness. The first-person narrative of "Eyes Without A Face" tells its tale of a disintegrating love affair through a combination of jagged images ("I’m on a bus, on a psychedelic trip/Reading murder books, trying to stay hip") and outbursts of pained emotion ("I’m all out of hope/One more bad break could bring a fall"). Everything is tied together by the bitter chorus as the narrator deals his love affair the final blow: "Got no human grace/You’re eyes without a face." The music plays against the dark tone of the lyrics with a ballad-styled melody comprised of yearning verses that slowly build emotion and a quietly wrenching chorus that relieves the emotional tension in a cathartic manner. It also works in an unexpected bridge that underlines a stream-of-consciousness monologue with a bit of breathless, uptempo rock and roll swagger. These diverse elements make "Eyes Without A Face" a tough song to master but Billy Idol nails it on Rebel Yell thanks to a stylish arrangement that plays up the electronic edge to his sound: layered synthesizers combine hypnotic drones and gorgeous keyboard runs that make a perfect backdrop for Idol’s vocal, which ranges from a ghostly croon to a feral growl. Steve Stevens adds a few of his trademark slashing guitar riffs to the song’s mid-section but this recording otherwise maintains a low-key, mostly synth-oriented style that gives Idol’s anti-romantic musings a hypnotic pull. Pop listeners connected with its blend of slickness and dark drama and "Eyes Without A Face" became a top-five hit as a result. It remains one of Billy Idol’s finest efforts and still sounds fresh when it makes its periodic appearances on classic rock radio.