Phil Collins - Going Back

A nasty stain on soul classicism

While Robert Plant continues to
be energised and to enthrall his
fans by delving into relative
obscurities from off the beaten
track, there are other singers of
comparable age with a tendency
to air their late career crises in
the guise of glossy karaoke.
Collins, in common with both
Rod Stewart and Seal in recent
times, has come up with a set
of slickly-produced 60s soul
covers of baffling irrelevance.

Of course, he had a UK
chart-topper with The
Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love
back in 1982, but that gave the
impression of a frivolous sidestep
at the peak of his world
domination with Genesis and as
a solo act. Here, an entire
album of lifeless – and soulless
– retreads of Smokey Robinson,
Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops
and The Temptations comes
across as the desperate act of a
downfallen man.

By making his woeful
reading of Goffin & King’s
yesteryear ballad the title track,
Collins may be attempting some
kind of introspective justification
for the whole sorry affair, but it
just doesn’t wash. What
possible use could anyone have
for weedy-voiced faded Xeroxes
of songs readily available in their
wondrously uplifting original
form?

1 stars

Atlantic | 7567892448

Reviewed by Terry Staunton
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