82344-2 We Can't Dance
production credits unknown
Released on November 12, 1991
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #4
. . . QUADRUPLE PLATINUM
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W hile it adds up to a better album than any that the trio might have accomplished on their own, We Can’t Dance still doesn’t amount to a good enough reason to keep the Genesis name alive. To be honest, I became disillusioned with the brand beginning with Abacab, as they ceased to speak to their original audience, writing from personal experience instead of fanciful imagination. Despite being released five years after Invisible Touch, little had changed in the interim, and it’s not unlikely that Genesis sought to make the same sort of album in lieu of anything better to do. Even the more ambitious tracks (e.g., “Living Forever”) suggest cookie-cutter exotica, while the hits are simply spliced together from past peccadilloes with the pop charts. Any number of acts (Phil Collins and Mike + The Mechanics among them) could have written a “No Son of Mine” or “Tell Me Why,” baby boomer baloney the lot of it. Even the attempts at storytelling, like “Driving The Last Spike,” are more what I’d expect from Billy Joel if he was still recording (thank goodness for small favors) than Genesis. The problem begins with too familiar instrumentation: the lifeless bass lines, a miserly application of Tony Banks’ once-abundant magic, the clockwork drum patterns and no-longer-novel effects. If the band had evolved one inch since Invisible Touch, it’s invisible on We Can’t Dance. The power of predictable and reliable product is never to be underestimated, however, and this album performed just as well as their last, clogging the airwaves with its profligate offspring like poison spores on the wind. It wasn’t that awful, I suppose, but I felt so foolish holding the band’s fallen standard while they caricatured themselves on “I Can’t Dance” and wilted over pre-programmed pabulum like “Hold On My Heart.” Oddly, I’d be more charitably disposed toward the music if it had borne only Phil Collins’ imprimatur, as I’ve tempered my expectations from that quarter accordingly. We Can’t Dance instead opened the old wounds that had healed since Invisible Touch. At least I’m not alone in my despair: the used CD that I bought features only the first sheet from the lyric booklet, rendered unwhole in what I like to imagine was the act of a mortally wounded owner fueled by a tory’s passion for the lost age of kings. All by way of saying that you won’t get any credits from me on this disc.

TRACK LISTING

  1. NO SON OF MINE
  2. JESUS HE KNOWS ME
  3. DRIVING THE LAST SPIKE
  4. I CAN'T DANCE
  5. NEVER A TIME
  6. DREAMING WHILE YOU SLEEP
  7. TELL ME WHY
  8. LIVING FOREVER
  9. HOLD ON MY HEART
  10. WAY OF THE WORLD
  11. SINCE I LOST YOU
  12. FADING LIGHTS

    All songs written by Anthony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford

CREDITS

TONY BANKS --
PHIL COLLINS --
MIKE RUTHERFORD --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 12, 1991 Virgin 2LP/CD/CS GENLP/CD/MC 3 lyric sleeve
US/CAN November 12, 1991 Atlantic CD/CS 82344 lyric sleeve
SPA 1991 Virgin 2LP 2120821 lyric sleeve
JPN 1998 Virgin CDLE VJCP-68109 limited edition, lyric sleeve

 

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