Testify (Phil Collins album)

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Studio album by Phil Collins
Released 11 November 2002 (UK)[1]
Recorded 2000–2002 (Switzerland and United States)
Genre Pop rock
Length 57:16
Label Face Value / Atlantic
Producer Phil Collins, Rob Cavallo
Phil Collins chronology
Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
(1999)Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack1999
Brother Bear: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
(2003)Brother Bear: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack2003
Singles from Testify
  1. "Can't Stop Loving You"
    Released: 28 October 2002
  2. "Come With Me"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Wake Up Call" / "The Least You Can Do"
    Released: 2003
  4. "You Touch My Heart"
    Released: 2005 (Promo for First Final Farewell Tour)
2016 reissue cover
2016 reissue cover with updated photograph
Recreated cover photograph, as part of Collins' 2016 studio album reissues

Testify is the seventh solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins. The album debuted at No. 30 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also the album's peak position. It was also the second Collins studio album where no track peaked within the American top 40 singles chart. It was also his lowest charting album in the UK, becoming his only solo effort not to reach the Top 5. However, the album achieved success in some countries of Continental Europe. It is his second album not to be co-produced by Hugh Padgham, who co-produced Collins' most successful albums.

Meat Loaf's album Couldn't Have Said It Better was originally to be titled Testify, but was retitled in anticipation of Collins' release.[citation needed]

Despite the shortage of success the album achieved, his subsequent First Final Farewell Tour proved to be very popular.[citation needed]

The album was reissued as a deluxe edition on CD, vinyl and digital on 15 April 2016, including a new second disc with bonus tracks.[2]


Testify was crafted over a two-year period at Collins' home in Switzerland, and was recorded in France and Los Angeles. Most of the album's twelve tracks are derived from demos Collins made in his bedroom studio and finished off with the help of producers Rob Cavallo and James Sanger, engineer Allen Sides, guitarist Tim Pierce, and bassist Paul Bushnell. Collins worked extensively with computers during production, work that can be seen throughout the album. After Collins made Dance into the Light without any drum machine, he returned to the device for Testify.[3]

The album begins with an up-tempo "Wake Up Call". It was based on a 16-bar doodle Collins wrote, and only began to formalise when he brought it into studio. The title track, the longest and most complex sounding song on the album, is according to Collins "one of the most direct and most personal love songs I have ever written". Another up-tempo song, "Don't Get Me Started" follows a tradition of critical statements about politics and society Collins began with "That's Just the Way It Is", "Another Day in Paradise", and "Both Sides of the Story" in his previous albums.[3]

The soulful "It's Not Too Late" refers to lost faith in dreams – "It's never too late to make your dreams come true. We all should try it". "Driving Me Crazy" is another upbeat track. Collins said the song is about the narrow path between love and dangerous obsession.[3]

Songs such as the aforementioned "Testify" and "This Love This Heart" were inspired by Collins' then-wife, Orianne, while their first child, Nicholas, was the main inspiration for tracks "Come with Me" and "Swing Low". "Come with Me" was originally a lullaby Phil sang to his daughter Lily when she was a baby when on tour in 1990, Seriously Live! and the lyrics were developed when Nicholas was born.[3]

Collins collaborated with longtime associate, Daryl Stuermer, for "The Least You Can Do", providing the lyrics, arrangement and lead guitar on the track. It is followed by "Can't Stop Loving You", a cover of Leo Sayer's 1978 country hit. Collins heard the song on the radio and brought a modern feel to country song "I heard Leo Sayer's version of "Can’t Stop Loving You" on vacation and I was impressed by the fantastic melody. I have attempted to breathe new life into this song and change its feel." It was the first single off the album, hitting No. 1 in the Adult Contemporary Charts. The album ends with "Thru My Eyes" and "You Touch My Heart", another song inspired by his son. ("Thru My Eyes" is not to be confused with "Look Through My Eyes", a song recorded by Collins for the Brother Bear soundtrack in 2003).[3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 34/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 2/5 stars[5]
E! Online C[5]
Mojo 1/5 stars[5]
People (mixed)[6]
Q 1/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7][8]
Uncut 1/5 stars[5]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]

The album was released to generally mixed to negative reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 34, based on 7 reviews.[5] The album debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard charts, which was also the album's peak position. To date, the album has peaked the lowest of his seven solo efforts. Following Dance into the Light it was the second Collins studio album where no track cracked the American Top 40 singles chart.

In the United Kingdom, it peaked at No. 15, his only solo album not to make the Top 5. It was, however, a much greater success in Continental Europe.

In France, the album even peaked at No. 2 in early 2003 and remained at that position for three weeks. It became his biggest-selling album since ...But Seriously.

In Australia, it peaked at No. 96 in November 2002 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

The lead single from the album, "Can't Stop Loving You", had success on the Adult Contemporary charts and minor airplay overall. The single peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard charts while hitting No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Other singles, "Wake Up Call", "Come with Me" and "The Least You Can Do" also enjoyed their most success on the Adult Contemporary chart. The last single, "You Touch My Heart", was released in 2005.

Collins said at the time that this was to be his last studio album, but has since recorded a new CD entitled Going Back, a collection of covers of Motown and other soul songs. It was released on 13 September 2010. However, Collins has since announced that he is out of retirement and has been working on another album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Phil Collins, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Call" 5:15
2. "Come with Me" 4:34
3. "Testify" 6:31
4. "Don't Get Me Started" 4:41
5. "Swing Low" 5:08
6. "It's Not Too Late" 3:59
7. "This Love This Heart" 4:04
8. "Driving Me Crazy" 4:37
9. "The Least You Can Do" (lyrics: Phil Collins, music: Daryl Stuermer) 4:21
10. "Can't Stop Loving You" (Billy Nicholls) 4:17
11. "Thru My Eyes" 5:07
12. "You Touch My Heart" 4:42
Japanese and Australian editions
No. Title Length
13. "High Flying Angel" 4:44


  • "Hey Now Sunshine"
  • "Tears of a Clown" (Re-recorded for Going Back in 2010)




Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 96
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[15] 31
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 30
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 30
Italian Albums (FIMI)[21] 16
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[22] 63
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 14
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[24] 12
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 24
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[26] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 15
US Billboard 200[30] 30
Chart (2003) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[31] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[33] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[34] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[35] 3x Gold 300,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[36] Platinum 80,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Gold 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[40] 1× Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

External links[edit]


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  6. ^ People review
  7. ^ "Testify". Rolling Stone. 5 November 2002: 92. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review at CD Universe
  9. ^ USA Today review
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  33. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2002". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  34. ^ "French album certifications – Testify" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Testify')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  36. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Phil Collins – Testify" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  37. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Testify" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select album under "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  38. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('Testify')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  39. ^ "British album certifications – Phil Collins – Testify". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Testify in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  40. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2002". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.