Picks and Pans Review: No Jacket Required

updated 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

Phil Collins

If Collins cooked the way he creates music, every dish he served would be smothered in sauces. Some sauces would be great, some bad, some indifferent, but it would be just as hard to find an unadorned morsel of food on your plate as it is to find an unembellished note on your turntable with this LP. All the echoes, overdubbing, synthesizing and general busybody producing help Collins make such songs as One More Night and Don't Lose My Number into fiery, danceable packages. His thin, high-pitched voice doesn't really need all that boosting, as he proves on two ballads he wrote for this LP with Daryl Stuermer, I Don't Wanna Know and Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore. While his up-tempo singing would have a mechanized quality to it, even without the studio trickery, his style on slower tunes is far more evocative. He has in any case pulled off the transition from the raucous rock of Genesis to a solo career far closer to the middle of the road. Now just about anything he does—producing, writing, singing—gets paid attention to as a matter of course, so maybe he can afford to be a little more subtle and go easy on that ladle. (Atlantic)

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