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Released: Oct. 28, 1991

Rating: 2.899 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: pop rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  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


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.5 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 15.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • No Son of Mine (11/2/91) #10a US, #6 UK, #3 AR, #9 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • I Can’t Dance (12/7/91) #7 US, #7 UK, #2 AR, #26 AC
  • Jesus He Knows Me (12/21/91) #21a US, #20 UK, #24 AR, #27 AC
  • Hold on My Heart (4/18/92) #9a US, #16 UK, #1 AC
  • Driving the Last Spike (6/13/92) #25 AR
  • Never a Time (11/7/92) #21 US, #4 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • Tell Me Why (2/20/93) #40 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

We Can’t Dance
Depending on the reviewer, We Can’t Dance is either “another set of crisply proficient, bummed-out pop songs” (Pareles) much like Genesis’ ‘80s fare, or “a return to earlier aesthetics for Genesis” (Orens).

All Music Guide reviewer Geoff Orens also says that We Can’t Dance is “edgier with more prominent guitars and live drums than on Invisible Touch” (Orens) and “the band’s strongest musical statement in over a decade. With Driving the Last Spike” (Orens), which is a “10-minute suite about English railway workers” (Pareles), “and the dark Dreaming While You Sleep the group revisited one of their forgotten strengths, telling extended stories” (Orens).

“That’s not to say the album is a return to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or Trick of the Tail. Indeed, while there are several extended pieces on the record, there is none of the eccentricities, odd meters, or extended virtuoso solos of the band’s progressive heyday. The album’s closer, Fading Lights, comes the closest, featuring an outstanding instrumental mid-section” (Orens).

Orens and Blender reviewer Jon Pareles agree on the quality of the ‘Spike’ song, but Pareeles calls it “a rare sign of initiative on an album that clearly boils down to singles-plus-filler” (Pareles) in which “the songs are neatly made, but even the better ones come across like reruns” (Pareles).

Orens would conceed that the record “contains some gutless ballads and peons for world understanding that sound miles away from any immediacy” (Orens). A couple of those, Hold on My Heart and Never a Time, were hits that sounded like they came right off one of Phil Collins’ adult-contemporary-oriented solo albums.

However, Orens says “the surprisingly gritty singles No Son of Mine, Jesus He Knows Me, and I Can’t Dance help make up for the album’s weaker moments” (Orens).

Review Source(s):
  • Geoff Orens, All Music Guide
  • Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.

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previous album: Invisible Touch (1986) Genesis’ DMDB page next album: Calling All Stations (1997)

Last updated April 3, 2008.