An absolute gem of an album, proving that, irrespective of the vagaries of fashion, talent will out. Yes descended into something of a chaotic state after "Tormato" with all manner of splinter groups, super groups and solo projects taking place. "Drama" was little more than a holding exercise, but with the recruitment of Trevor Horn (ex-Buggles) on production duties, Yes were leading the field yet again.
There are no duff tracks (altho' "Changes" and "Hold On" are a little AOR for my liking), and "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "It Can Happen", "Our Song" and "Hearts" are absolutely breathtaking - power pop combined with stunning musicianship and fantastic arrangements. It wipes the floor with any of the 5-minute-wonder rubbish that passes as rock these days.
The album was recorded in 1983, but it sounds space-aged even today, thanks to the genius of Trevor Horn. The remaster is just fantastic - I've just listened to it on a rubbishy £30 Matsui stereo and it STILL sounds miles better than the original CD issue. Generous provision of extra tracks and informative sleevenotes too.
Anyone who wants to understand why Yes are SO much more than "prog rock dinosaurs" (GOD I hate that phrase) - BUY THIS ALBUM!