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3.77 | 1544 ratings

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The T
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4 stars "The album without Jon Anderson in vocals" That's what many people think inmediately when they are reminded of "Drama", YES' 10th album and their first released in the 80's. So, besides that obvious remark, what else can we say about this often-forgotten record?

First we have to make a comment about the change in lineup: instead of legendary vocalist Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn of Buggles fame sings in this record, and we can say that, while not terrible, his vocal abilities are not innthe same league as those of the singer he was meant to replace. The problem for me is that he tries too hard to sound exactly like Anderson. Horn tries hard but only achieves copy-level status, a good imitator. Add a little Sting to the mix, and you'll know how Horn's voice sounds like.

Machine Messiah (9/10), the best song in the album leaps. This starts with a heavy mood pretty much unknown of for 70's YES, very hard-rock start (almost metallic); after the hard-stumping beginning, the song develops into a great, wonderful mini-epic

White Car (8/10), this one is beautiful if only too-short. With a few chords and a good vocal effect, the track achives mucmore than it should.

Does It Really Happen? (7/10) A track that surely points in the direction YES was going to take with "90125", it's much more poppish but it's still entertaining.

Into the Lens (8.5/10), a very good song that I used to dislike. It's rather simple yet it sounds more complicated than it really is. The music has a strong THE POLICE flavor to it.

Run Through the Light (7/10), Horn sings very well (if not great) at the beginning of the song, and then the track turns into THE POLICE, complete with Sting and everything. Again, it's an enjoyable song.

Tempus Fugit (9/10), the second best track with the best bass lines and keyboard playing, plus a good performance by Howe.This has a strong RUSH flavor. Amazinbg song, if a little too-not-YES at moments.

As a final comment, I will say that "Drama" is a good, at times very good album. The band was changing, it's evident, but the music was captivating and still of the highest caliber. The album deserves much more praise than it has received, especially from hardcore YES fans.

The T | 4/5 |


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