Drama is an anomaly of sorts, and the only Yes album not to feature vocalist Jon Anderson. For this reason some Yes fans are quick to dismiss the album outright. Indeed, the departure of Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman in early 1980 left the remaining band members in a quandary, and the solution to their problem led to one of the more unlikely 'mergers' in rock history. Replacing the departed members were vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes, who as a duo called The Buggles had enjoyed a huge hit with '"Video Killed the Radio Star"' (later the first video ever aired on MTV). Unlikely as that merger may seem, the new members provided a shot in the arm that Yes sorely needed, and the results on Drama are actually quite impressive. Rather than being a radical departure from the earlier Yes, the album takes the best qualities of that earlier prog-rock version of the band (while doing away with some of its more self-indulgent aspects) and infuses them with a brighter, fresher sound, no doubt brought to the mix by Downe's' and Horn''s more pop-oriented sensibilities. Although the merger itself was short-lived, and Anderson later rejoined the fold, Drama marks an important turning point in the history of Yes. Rather than an aberration, the album should be seen as a vital link between the old Yes and the new, as it paved the way for the band''s triumphant 1984 return with the album 90125.