Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999
Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999 soundtrack to "Tarzan," which won the artist an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy on the strength of the single "You'll Be in My Heart."
"The songs for this album were written over the last two years," new husband and father Collins said in a statement. "Working with new toys and new tools, they pretty much wrote themselves, and only occasionally needed nudging along. There are some songs here that are amongst the best I have ever written." The former Genesis drummer/vocalist is credited with words and music for all the songs on "Testify" save for "Least You Can Do," a collaboration with Daryl Stuermer.
The 51-year-old Collins is one of the biggest-selling artists of the past 20 years, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications for more than 32 million units shipped to his credit in the U.S. as a solo act. His biggest chart success came in the mid-'80s, when consecutive Atlantic sets "No Jacket Required" and "...But Seriously" spent a combined 10 weeks atop The Billboard 200. His last all-new solo album, 1996's "Dance Into the Light," debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200; a singles collection titled "...Hits" debuted at No. 18 in Oct. 1998.
Last year, the artist was the subject of "Urban Renewal," a bizarre, R&B-flavored tribute album featuring Lil' Kim, Kelis, and Ol' Dirty Bastard. The disc was released in Germany via a collaboration between Collins' U.K. publishing concern Hit & Run, Atlantic in the U.S., and WEA in Germany.
Just last month, Collins played drums in the house band at the Queen's "Party at the Palace" on the London grounds of Buckingham Palace, alongside such notables as Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, and Brian Wilson.
Here is the track listing to "Testify":
"Don't Get Me Started"
"Come With Me (Close Your Eyes)"
"Wake Up Call"
"Swing Low and Sweet"
"It's Too Late"
"This Love This Heart"
"Driving Me Crazy"
"Least You Can Do"
"Thru My Eyes"
"You Touch My Heart"
"Can't Stop Loving You"