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3.77 | 1544 ratings

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4 stars So this is the 80s? Welcome!

Well, that decade of the 80s has been criticized by several prog rockers (I can count as one of them) because of the tendency of some extraordinary bands to the pop side of music, however, there are a lot of albums that maintained the same progressive, challenging and interesting line, which should be praised. One of those albums is this great one called "Drama".

Sometimes changes aren't that bad, I say this because after the not so good "Tormato", the great Rick Wakeman left (again) the band, but most important, Jon Anderson decided not to appear here, it was the first and last time he did not sing in a Yes album, which is actually an odd thing. But guess what, I actually did not miss him, in fact, that line-up and the change in the musical direction helped the band to re-gain some of the disappointed fans, and actually to get new ones.

Trevor Horn on vocals and Geoff Downes on keys replaced the previous mentioned, and did a great job. Drama is composed of six great tracks, well maybe "White Car" is the only weak thing here but it only lasts one minute and a half. But the other five songs are pretty memorable, tracks that any Yes fan would appreciate, and maybe love.

After compositions such as "Don't Kill the Whale" or "Madrigal", one can thank the band for giving us awesome pieces such as "Machine Messiah", "Into the Lens" or "Tempus Fugit", this last one is particularly wonderful, and one of my personal top Yes songs ever, I love the bass and all the musical offer.

The complexity, odd time changes and rhythms, the different colors, textures and nuances can be appreciated in this album, so please buy it, pay attention to it and recognize that it is really good, don't pre-judge just for being an 80s album or because Jon is not here, no, better get it and I assure you will not regret.

Drama was a pretty nice surprise, and an album that I truly like. My final grade will be four stars. Recommendable for Yes fans and progressive music lovers.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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