After that, the album's themes get more serious. "Land of Confusion" is a cautionary song about life in the nuclear age, with that famous video using puppets to perform satire on the geopolitics of the time. The album's two ballads, "Throwin' it All Away" and "In Too Deep", are both about failed love affairs, one from the point of view of the person ending the affair and the other from the POV of the person being left. Both are beautiful songs, but both are quite sad. The first asks "Now who will light up the darkness / and who will hold your hand? / Who will find you the answers / when you don't understand?", while the second has Phil Collins meditating thusly: "I gave you too many reasons, being alone, when I didnt want to. / I thought youd always be there, I almost believed you, / All this time, I still remember everything you said, oh / Theres so much you promised, how could I ever forget."
One of my favorite rock songs of all time is "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", which to my ears describes the harrowing night of a strung-out drug addict ("I got some money in my pocket / about ready to burn, / I don't remember where I got it / I gotta get it to you."). This song is sometimes heard in a shortened version, but it just doesn't sound right to me outside its eight-minute length with the long instrumental interlude in the middle. And then there's the two-part, eleven-minute "Domino", all of eleven minutes long. I have no idea what "Domino" is about -- maybe nuclear annihilation? It's a very strange song, but deeply compelling, as well, with some of the album's finest imagery in its lyrics: "Sheets of double glazing help to keep outside the night, / Only foreign city sirens can cut through, / Nylon sheets and blankets help to minimize the cold. / But they cant keep out the chilling sounds."
Rounding it all out is a vocal-less techno track, "The Brazilian", that was actually used in a gritty episode of Magnum, PI. For all the pop sound on the Invisible Touch album, the songs themselves are not pure pop at all. There's a lot going on underneath the surface of this record.
Anyway, here's one of those two ballads, "In Too Deep".
I remember how a lot of the kids I hung out with in high school and college had specific pop or rock albums that they listened to on their Walkmen at night, with all the lights out. Invisible Touch was mine.