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Year of Release: 1981
In The Air Tonight
This Must Be Love
Behind The Lines
The Roof Is Leaking
Hand In Hand
I Missed Again
You Know What I Mean
Thunder And Lightning
I'm Not Moving
If Leaving Me Is Easy
Tomorrow Never Knows
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Phil Collins filled some pretty big shoes when he replaced Peter Gabriel
as lead singer for Genesis. They had numerous auditions, and in the end, their
new singer had already been in their distance. Phil Collins' career as lead
singer with Genesis was truly exceptional, and in 1981, a new journey would
also be successful, as Genesis would still remain as a band, Collins recorded
his first solo album, Face Value.
Truly the biggest hit from this release, is the classic "In The Air
Tonight," a song that stands out as a solo record for Phil, and not by
Genesis. "This Must Be Love," however could pass as a Genesis tune, yet
it is more softer and humble, making it a perfect solo attempt for Collins.
Having a more dancable beat, "Behind The Lines" was written by the
Genesis crew: Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. It's a perfect song
for the solo Collins, and with its musical abilities (especially the horns) you
can tell it was written by Genesis.
"The Roof Is Leaking" and "Droned" displays the piano and
Collins' soft voice, as the latter of the two has a more progressive sound, and
could relate to the early years of Genesis with Peter Gabriel. Towards the end,
it present a full progressive rock sound, and then merges into "Droned,"
another progressive sounding tune (with just a touch of pop), which could
also fit the early years of Genesis with Peter Gabriel.
"I Missed Again" was another big hit from this release, getting as
much radio exposure as "In The Air Tonight." "You Know What I Mean"
is a beautiful ballad, and could be compared to a future Collins hit, "Against
All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)," as it features great musical orchestration,
and Collins' piano.
"Thunder And Lightning" is funky, showcasing the Genesis horns, giving
this song a more solo feel for Collins, than that of a Genesis tune. "I'm
Not Moving" is another upbeat funky number, and points Collins into a more
1980s Pop/Dance style. "If Leaving Me Is Easy" has a more new age jazz
sound, a particular style that Collins would later showcase on
Hello, I Must Be Going.
Collins ends the album with a Beatles cover, originally from Revolver,
"Tomorrow Never Knows," being a bit more harder-edged than the original,
yet psychedelic and is an excellent tune.
Face Value is an introduction of better things to come for Phil
Collins. Combining pop, dance, and new age jazz are all here, as it would
blossom into much more incredible music for him as a solo performer. His
work with Genesis continued throughout his solo career, until 1991, when
Collins left the group, and records occasional solo albums since. Face
Value is a good introduction to his music, and his future solo albums
became better as the years went on.
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