Picks and Pans Review: Invisible Touch

updated 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Genesis

Phil Collins has established himself as Lionel Richie's main competitor for king of the pop music mountain. Mike Rutherford is racking up some Top 40 damage of his own with Mike and the Mechanics. But their solo successes haven't prevented Collins and Rutherford from getting together with keyboardist Tony Banks for one more go-round of Genesis. Since Peter Gabriel left the group in 1975, Genesis has been gradually nudging each of its albums closer to the mainstream. Invisible Touch continues that progression. Portions of the record still delve into the group's older style of extended jams based on brusque rhythms and melodies. But even in the most desolate aural landscapes, the remarkable voice of Collins, which can register anger, doubt and desire at the same time, acts as a welcoming beacon for the listener. With the title track, and the moving ballad Throwing It All Away, the trio guarantees you'll be hearing from them this summer—on the beach blanket radio. (Atlantic)

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