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3.77 | 1580 ratings

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5 stars I love this site but never felt compelled to leave a review. I'm listening to Drama and was searching the web to see what people have said over the years. Interesting.

Yes, I was there when it came out and yes, I remember the backlash. This was head and shoulders better than their previous two outings. Me farting would have topped a lot of Tormato (I'm a king farter, really). The band is on fire and it's a nice rejoinder to those who were dismissing all the old dinosaur bands out of hand. The arrival of Geoff and Trevor has released the band from the constraints that were plaguing Yes. Steve and Chris are playing with an energy absent since at least Relayer, possibly longer.

The songs don't get bogged down in the excesses that a lot of prog bands couldn't shake in the transition period of the very late 70s, early 80s. Yes actually took note of and incorporated some of the leaner, tighter, less ornate approach of the day without betraying what they were.

For those that lamented the departure of Jon without listening critically all I can say it's your loss. Tempus Fugit is one of the greatest songs they ever recorded which means one of the greatest prog songs of all time. Machine Messiah and Into The Lens are both excellent.

cypress | 5/5 |


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