Phil Collins and I have something in common besides male pattern baldness - I can't dance either. It seems Collins also likes to make fun of televangelists by saying Jaeeesus a lot, that's another trait we share. This has me wondering could Phil Collins and I possibly be related? I'm just gonna assume 'yes'.
Alright Uncle Phil, I've got something to say to you. I'm getting just a wee bit tired of your pop-Genesis shenanigans. This album is like you only cared about making a handful of radio-friendly hits, then just halfheartedly knocked off the rest. But then, why care about the rest of the album - people are going to buy it anyway for the hits, right? Apparently Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford are still members of the band and so technically it's a shared responsibility. But I'll bet you the remainder of hair left dangling from my scalp, this album was mostly your baby.
Perhaps it's not fair to say that most of We Can't Dance
is throwaway, since it is a l-o-n-g
album, clocking in at a massive 72 minutes. If Genesis were indeed being lazy, they probably would've just topped it up to 40 minutes beyond the obligatory hits and then called it a day. It would've been a more succinct album, and thus improved! As it stands however, We Can't Dance
is one of the most boring albums I have in my esteemed collection (there's about one person jealous of my record collection. That's good enough to call it 'esteemed').
Still, this album does have three great hits on it. My favorite is easily “Jesus He Knows Me”, an extremely catchy driving popsong. Whilst I wouldn't give many compliments to the instrumentation, being quite ordinary early 90's Adult Contemporary, wow! that's a fun song to listen to. The video makes it even better (Phil Collins is funny). “No Son of Mine” is a passionate and soaring power-ballad that's so good it makes me want to crank up the volume. It's a serious song and therefore quite similar to Collins' solo material, and a pretty good showcase of how good he could be (if you're even willing to entertain such a notion).
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews