As a music fan Phil Collins has always leant towards Motown and soul music. Now in his latest album he has indulged himself by recording remakes of Motown and soul classics. This is his first studio album in eight years and it is filled with the music he loved when he was a teenager.
Collins has done things the right way by getting three original Motown players, Bob Babbitt, Eddie Willis and Ray Monette from the Funk Brothers, to back him up on the album. He also wisely does not try to "update" the sound as he recognizes that you don't mess with a good thing. The songs all sound and are arranged like they did when they were originally recorded. His enthusiasm (he hasn't sounded this good in years) and obvious love for the songs he is singing truly makes this a tribute album filled with the music of an era.
The song selection is great with The Doobie Brothers' "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)", The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave", and Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" as some of the 18 tracks on the album. Welcome back, Phil.