On his first new studio disc since 1996's Dance into the Light, Collins continues to display the easy way with a melody that has made him the poster boy for adult-contemporary radio since the '80s. You're sure to hear the first single, a sweet but simple remake of Leo Sayer's 1978 non-hit "I Can't Stop Loving You," the next time you're waiting in the doctor's office. Even more singsongy is "Come with Me," a lullaby-like ditty that features a Collins tune he used for a music box in the bedroom of his 19-month-old son Nicholas. "I'll try to make the stars shine brighter for you," he sings in a treacly lyric that could have been on his 1999 soundtrack to Disney's Tarzan
. Although he does add touches of electronica to make his sound more contemporary, Collins could use more of the art-rock experimentation that still marks the work of the other former Genesis front man, Peter Gabriel. Get Gabriel's new one, Up, instead.
BOTTOM LINE: Too-easy listening
- Chuck Arnold,
- Ralph Novak.