A slick, carefully crafted follow-up to his debut, Rebel Yell
was Billy Idol
's catchiest, most consistent fusion of synth-driven new wave pop and hard rock guitar pyrotechnics (courtesy of Steve Stevens
). The eerie ballad "Eyes Without a Face" gave Idol
his first U.S. Top Ten hit, while "Flesh for Fantasy" and the title track became MTV staples. Like much of Idol
's solo output, it's all calculated for maximum appeal, but Rebel Yell
also works too well not to be an infectiously guilty pleasure.