This is the most schitzophrenic of all Collins's solo records. He seems to have caught the 'McCartney Syndrome' - tackling as many different styles as he can within a single album. Unfortunately, more than with McCartney, it comes over as 'jack of all trades, master of none'.
Low points include sudo-urbun effort 'Just Another Story', and three jingly-jangly Byrds-by-numbers efforts, that all just come over as disengenuous, even amateurish - certainly cheesey.
There is one fine high point where the old magic of this old genius shines through: 'Lorenzo' includes some trademark big drum sounds, dramatic, captivating rhythms and a joyous tune. It's far too good to have been dumped on this album.
Title track 'Dance Into The Light' also shows some potential, with its stabbing brass arrangement. But, it all feels a bit too safe and laid back - Collins is in Tarzan-soundtrack mode. This is more apparent still on the ultra-slushy 'Same Moon'.
'Take Me Down' is a Paul Simon-circa-Graceland pastiche. I've got Graceland; why do I need this?
'No Matter Who' is a fourth Byrds-ish number, but borrows more from their country period. It's not bad. Harmless enough.
It all ends on a low point with a formulaic arrangement of Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changing'.
If you want to hear this man at his creative and commercial best, get his first two solo albums and all the Genesis stuff from the 80s and early 90s. Then move on to the rest of the Genesis catalogue.
After listening to that you'll maybe regard this as a bit of a throwaway joke.