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Phil Collins: Testify [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak]

Track List

>Wake Up Call
>Come With Me
>Don't Get Me Started
>Swing Low
>It's Not Too Late
>This Love This Heart
>Driving Me Crazy
>Least You Can Do, The
>Can't Stop Loving You
>Thru My Eyes
>You Touch My Heart
>High Flying Angel
>Crystal Clear
>Hey Now Sunshine
>Tv Story
>True Colors
>Come With Me [Live]
>It's Not Too Late [Live]
>Can't Stop Loving You [Live]
>It's Only Loving [Demo]
>Tearing and Breaking [Demo]
>Tearing and Breaking [Demo]

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (11/28/02, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...TESTIFY is full of laid-back, better-than-average adult contempo fare..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Phil Collins (vocals, arranger, various instruments); Daryl Stuermer, Tim Pierce (guitar); Eric Nigler (Uilleann pipes); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Paul Bushnel (bass); Jame Sanger (programming).

Recorded between 2000 & 2002.

Personnel: James Sanger (programming).

Audio Remasterers: Miles Showell; Nick Davis .

Photographers: Lorenzo Agius; Norman Watson; Patrick Balls.

Phil Collins took a long time to deliver Testify, his first record since redemptive post-divorce album Dance into the Light. On that 1996 affair, he was open to all the possibilities that may arrive during this new act and, accordingly, the album felt expansive. He dabbled with new sounds, perhaps excessively so, but it helped mirror his newfound freedom. In contrast, Testify feels a bit hemmed in, the sound of a singer/songwriter marching through the drudgery of life. This isn't to say that Testify is underpinned with despair -- it certainly lacks the melancholy undertow of Both Sides, one of his moodiest and best records -- but rather it feels diligent, with Collins intent on hitting all of his preordained marks. He writes songs about love gained and lost, fatherhood, and society -- all the staples of his mature work after No Jacket Required -- but his musical world-view has shrunk. Instead of attempting new sounds, he excises his eccentricities right along with his trademark thunderous drums, so Testify winds up feeling stiff, sequenced, and safe. An adult contemporary album, in other words, one that's clearly patterned after his big hit "You'll Be in My Heart," his Oscar-winning original song from 1999's Tarzan. Testify sways gently to its interlocking drum loops, a record that relies on mood, not melody. Which isn't to say this album is devoid of melody -- it's there; it's just not hooky, which is a conscious decision. Collins made Testify as a mellow meditation on everyday life, never pushing his themes or his songs too hard, and while that can mean it's pleasurable enough as background music, it also means that the album can feel a little listless, as if he's not sure what he wants to say. Given this vague aimlessness, it's not entirely a surprise that Testify turned out to be his last studio album of original material (as of this writing in 2016). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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