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The UK’s Greatest Hits: 39. …But Seriously – Phil Collins


…But Seriously – Phil Collins – 1989

First listen? – Yes

Another album I had never heard before. I had assumed that …But Seriously would contain Phil Collins’ biggest and most iconic hit, the thundering In The Air Tonight. Turns out I was wrong and a little bit of research later (a trend you’ll probably notice across this series) I discovered that …But Seriously came much later  in the Genesis drummer’s career. The one song I did know is the radio friendly mid-tempo Another Day In Paradise, which really is the standout here. I won’t go as far to say that it’s anywhere near as good, but it’s a song that looks back to his Genesis days much more than some of his other more uptempo, often dancier tracks. The rest of the album has its moments, but nothing that really jumped out at me. A bit samey at times, you’d find it difficult on first listen to distinguish between songs like Do You Remember and That’s Just The Way It Is. The same can be said for the uptempo moments, I found myself growing tired of the blend of brass an drum machine that most Phil Collins songs are made from. The one thing that does impress though is the vocal. Even when the ‘inspirational’ lyrics feel a bit too forced Collins’ vocals remain strong and powerful throughout. I’m not the biggest fan, but hearing a whole album really showcases the vocal talent that Phil Collins has. I won’t be returning to …But Seriously any time soon, but it’s obvious to see why Phil Collins finds himself on this list.

Rating: 4/10

Will I listen again?: No

Best Track: Another Day In Paradise

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