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Testify [Phil Collins]

  • 1. Wake up Call
    2. Come With Me
    3. Testify
    4. Don't Get Me Started
    5. Swing Low
    6. It's Not Too Late
    7. This Love This Heart
    8. Driving Me Crazy
    9. Least You Can Do, The
    10. Can't Stop Loving You
    11. Through My Eyes
    12. You Touch My Heart
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83563

  • Credits
    ProducerRob Cavallo
    EngineerDoug McKean; Allen Sides

    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: Tim Pierce (guitar, nylon-string guitar); Daryl Stuermer (guitar); Eric Rigler (Uilleann pipe); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); David Sanger (programming).
    Audio Mixers: Allen Sides; Tom Lord-Alge.
    Recording information: Europe (2000-2002); United States (2000-2002).
    Photographers: Lorenzo Aguis; Norman Watson.
    Arranger: Phil Collins.
    On his first studio album since 1996's DANCE INTO THE LIGHT, Phil Collins returns to the introspective sounds that characterized 1993's BOTH SIDES and his debut, FACE VALUE. While TESTIFY lacks anything quite as catchy as the best tracks on those two records, the disc does contain some of Collins's most artistically mature work, especially in the lyric department. Unlike many of his painfully out-of-touch classic rock contemporaries, Collins has aged gracefully, quietly exploring the passage of time with honesty and genuine empathy.
    Sonically, he sticks pretty close to his guns, although the electronic sounds are somewhat more pronounced here than on his other albums. Collins has always been good at incorporating the latest technology in a wonderfully organic manner, and the music on TESTIFY is no exception. Like Elton John's stunning SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST, Phil Collins's 2002 effort seems like the work of a man driven to create by a love of craft rather than a desire for radio play. Though it lacks any obvious hit singles in the vein of "In The Air Tonight," TESTIFY is a welcome return to form that bears repeated listening.

  • Critic 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..."
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