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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In the six years since he released his last studio album, 1996's Dance into the Light, Phil Collins has worn a number of different hats, including big-band leader on A Hot Night in Paris and Disney composer, a gig that that earned him Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe trophies to add to an already crowded mantel. Add to this a third marriage and recent fatherhood, and you have the inspiration for a seventh studio album packed with highly personalized pop. Teaming with Green Day and Alanis Morissette producer Rob Cavallo, Collins favors a sleek, subdued sound that finds him daubing the yearning "This Love This Heart" and the equally lovelorn "Swing Low" with ethereal ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In the six years since he released his last studio album, 1996's Dance into the Light, Phil Collins has worn a number of different hats, including big-band leader on A Hot Night in Paris and Disney composer, a gig that that earned him Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe trophies to add to an already crowded mantel. Add to this a third marriage and recent fatherhood, and you have the inspiration for a seventh studio album packed with highly personalized pop. Teaming with Green Day and Alanis Morissette producer Rob Cavallo, Collins favors a sleek, subdued sound that finds him daubing the yearning "This Love This Heart" and the equally lovelorn "Swing Low" with ethereal keyboards and stately, occasionally splashy rhythms. Other low-key highlights that are an obvious nod to these major life changes are "Come with Me" -- a touching pledge of protection from father to child set atop soothing synths and rendered by Collins in an emotive, reassuring tone -- and the aching, modestly rocking title track, an expression of unfettered devotion bolstered by a beefy electric guitar line and a gospel-tinged choir. The biggest highlights, however, are a bright, shiny interpretation of Billy Nicholls's buoyant "Can't Stop Loving You" a hit for Leo Sayer in 1978 and "Don't Get Me Started," which boasts crisp harmonies and arrangements reminiscent of late-'80s Genesis. Testify finds Phil Collins confirming his commitment to family and to fans of sophisticated adult pop alike.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his first regular studio album in six years fans having been tided over by a live album of swing standards and the soundtrack to Tarzan, Phil Collins turns in a song cycle with a story to tell. Without commenting on any autobiographical implications, it follows the life of a man who gets up in the morning "Wake up Call", expresses his love for his child "Come With Me" and his companion "Testify", then pauses to condemn the drift of world affairs "Don't Get Me Started". He has another child "Swing Low" and begins to realize that there's trouble in paradise "It's Not Too Late". Much as he loves his companion, a separation occurs "This Love This Heart", and despite his desperate efforts to keep things together "Driving Me Crazy", he finds that it will be permanent "The Least You Can Do", even though he still cares for her "Can't Stop Loving You". He takes comfort in his ability to offer parental advice to an older child "Thru My Eyes" and in his love for the younger one "You Touch My Heart". Collins gives a consistency to the songs, with dense, rhythmic musical beds topped by his expressive, breathy tenor. His lyrics are full of clich├ęs and a bit too involved, usually lacking strong hooks, which may explain why the album's hit single, "Can't Stop Loving You," which is practically all hooks, was written by someone else. Years after being a top album-seller, Collins has continued to score in the adult contemporary market; in fact, "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan became the biggest adult contemporary hit in history. "Can't Stop Loving You" also became a big hit, but it's atypical of an album with mature themes expressed sincerely yet without much wit or insight over repetitious music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678356346
  • Catalog Number: 83563

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Collins Primary Artist
Daryl Stuermer Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
Paul Bushnel Bass
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Arranger, Instrumentation
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
David Sanger Programming
Allen Sides Engineer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Dave McKean Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Looking For Stuff We've Heard Already?

    Many people think of this album as a totally different musical experience than his others, and therefore it's bad? i think it's great he is able to write whats in his heart and while it has a fresh sound, it's still Phil Collins. The focus is on Can't Stop Loving You, but i think the best song on the album is the Title track, next up: Don't Get Me Started which has kind of a hint of the social commentary that Peter Gabriel's BIKO had years earlier. Among other fine songs are Driving Me Crazy, Wake Up Call (yes the song from that Toyota commercial), Come With Me & You Touch My Heart. I rank this album with the likes of "No Jacket Required" & "Face Value", not neccesarily it's content, but for it's quality. I think the song "Testify" is HITS material

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grows on you...

    I've been a Phil and Genesis fan for many years. After the departure on Dance Into The Light from his signature sound, I was worried that this CD might go even further in that direction. At first listen, I was disappointed. Some of the tracks have a more "synthesized" sound, and the heavy drums that I've come to expect from Phil's albums were not as obvious. But after several more plays through the entire CD, I must say that at each listen I hear new elements that I like more and more. Songs that initially disappointed now seem fresh -- and some sound more like classic Phil than they did initially. I still would have preferred a bit heavier drumming on some of the tracks, and I think I would have preferred if more of the tracks were "rockier", instead of more melodic. Overall, I enjoy the album now as it has definitely grown on me after several listenings. I'd still recommend it to Phil fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't pass this one up

    This is another winner for Phil. He doesn't stop. Every track is great, despite the other bah humbug reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love you, you love me too, stay with me, or let me be

    I find this album quite relaxing. There's some pretty good music but there's nothing catchy or exciting. The lyrics are a real disappointment especially since Phil Collins had shown a big improvement in that regard in recent years. The drum playing is subdued, no horns- a trademark Collins sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the Phil I know & love

    I've been a Phil Collins fan for a long time, so when his new album was released I was quick to listen. Unfortunately, it's a far cry from his past albums. It lacks energy, emotion, and tries to get by on thin pop melodies. It doesn't sound like he's invested any real effort in this album. Hopefully the next one will have much more substance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Testifying to Phil's greatness

    Testify is well worth waiting for 5 years! Its great to hear Phil working with new technology and his synth soundscapes are very interesting, with a lot of subtle nuances that you discover layer by layer...very touching songs, and awesome anthem Testify really rocks! Phil has obviously found innerpeace, and this album oozes with it! And is a great listening! Go buy it! You know it makes sense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Full feeling

    I really enjoyed this CD, I think this is full feeling, the songs "Can't stop loving you" and "You touch my heart" are very specially for me. I hope that you can listening and enjoyind Phil's Music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phil Collins Does it Again!!

    I am such a huge fan of Phil Collins and absolutely had to have his latest cd as soon as it came out. It was definitely worth the wait. I especially love the song "Come With Me" in honor of his son. It's such a beautiful song!! Do yourself a favor and buy this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely Worth Waiting For

    As a admirer of Phil Collins, his talent never fails to amaze me. His new CD "Testify" is excellent. I was lucky enough to win it. Thanks Phil!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Miss This CD!!

    I am such a huge Phil Collins fan, and after hearing that he was going to be performing and signing his new CD in NYC I rushed over to NYC. I was a little skeptical at first only hearing the song, "Can't Stop Loving You" but this CD has so much more to offer. "Wake up Call", "Come with Me", "Don't Get Me Started" and "Swing Low" are just a few of my favorite songs. I am so glad that I got a copy of this CD and so glad that I got it autographed as well. This CD is great. Sorry Phil for almost douting you this time! For any other Phil Collins lovers out there, pick up this CD!!!!

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