Tuesday 7 July 2020

Yes - Drama (1980)

The 10th album from this British band.

The band was a quintet on this album with a lineup of bass, drums, percussion, piano, vocoder, keyboards, synths, guitars, steel guitar, mandolin and vocals.

Jon Anderson was out of the band. Trevor Horn did the vocals. Both has reasonably similar voices so there is not much of a change in that department.

The cover art-work is pretty bad. That too is a change from previous albums.

The music still sounds like Yes and retains a lot of their trademarks. Steve Howe is still on the guitars and steel guitars. The band has moved on with the time and we get a couple of not so good songs here where the band has adopted their style to fit into a more accessible format. Into The Lens, although a long song, is a good example. It is not a good song at all.

The opening track Machine Messiah is a ten minutes long song and it is Yes at their usual great. It is an epic song and well worth the purchase on it's own.

The rest of the album is decent to good. I am not rating this album among their best albums at all. It has lost some of the Yes magic..

3 points

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