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YES—Drama, Atlantic SD16019. Produced by Yes. This is the new Yes with former Buggles Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. Oldtime Yes fanatics will be pleased to hear that the changeover has not substantially altered the Yes sound, image or presentation. The high vocals, symphonic arrangements, and quasi-mystical lyrics are still there. However, there seems to be a fresh new spirit to the playing. Some typical Yes-type musical cliches are set up, and then confounded, and sometimes a hint of humor seeps into the ponderous edifice. But the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” is more memorable than anything here. Yet Horn’s vocals sound remarkably like Anderson’s.
Best cuts: “Machine Massiah,” “Tempus Fugit,” “Into The Lens.”