Face Value

Phil Collins - Face Value
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1981 Ratings: #45 / 140
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
1981 Ratings: #36
Liked by 5 people
February 13, 1981 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin, Atlantic / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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Say what you want about Phil Collins, but he does have moments where he can be daring. Face Value is one of these moments. It combines his two musical sides: the angry, divorced husband who uses music as an outlet and the artistically inclined drummer for Genesis (and Brand X) who was not all middle-of-the-road or soft rock. I don't need to talk about 'In the Air Tonight', we all know it's a banger.

That said, much of the album is a pop/R&B/soul fusion that would give Hall & Oates a ... read more
Face Value by Phil Collins

Phil Collins solo debute is a weird experience. There are some really good atmospheric more experimental tracks here mixed with cheesy 1980s pop. The song lIn the Air Tonight(Gotta love those drums in the middle) set a great mood for the album, sadly the first track made me expect more than I should. I only see 4 tracks worthy to talk about which is never a good sign. You know what I mean is cheesy in the right way, and I actually enjoyed this love ballad. I could ... read more
I wish I liked it more. Genesis is one of my favourite bands ever, and I am a fan of both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins years, so I decided to kick off Collins's discography right now. Aside from a few very good tracks, this album just featured some R&B and pop rock tunes that just weren't engaging to me at all. I do like the album's track list planning, and it's clear that it all had some background, considering the really smooth transitions at some parts of the album. So from a ... read more
"You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night"
About that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drownin'
But didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?"
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Added on: April 18, 2014