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Phil Collins: No Jacket Required/Testify album review

Album Review

Phil Collins' ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ reissue campaign continues.

It’s beyond the scope of this review to assess just why this certain superstar evokes both affection and wrath among Prog magazine readers and the wider world (now there’s a potential topic for our Paper Late column!), so let’s stick to the facts for a while. Phil Collins’ third solo album, No Jacket Required came out back in 1985 and has been his most successful work (only Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms sold better that same year). A year later, Genesis would hit their own commercial peak with Invisible Touch, and Collins’ much-loved/reviled pop sensibility clearly powers both. In this remastered form, No Jacket’s hit singles Sussudio, One More Night and Take Me Home remain a good listen, particularly that latter tune. Often, an 80s production can grate on the ear, but the period’s gated drum sound was actually an intrinsic part of Collins’ USP.

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