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Album Review

Like Face Value before it, Both Sides could be characterized as a "divorce album," but marriage wasn't the only thing Phil Collins was leaving behind in 1993. He was two years removed from We Can't Dance, the 1991 album that turned out to be his last with Genesis, so at a personal and professional crossroads, Collins holed up in his home studio to write and record the songs that became Both Sides. Apart from the relatively chipper "We're Sons of Our Fathers" and "We Wait and We Wonder," a percolating number that feels like a retort to Peter Gabriel's Us, Both Sides is moody without being menacing; it never slides into the stark, skeletal territory that gave "In the Air Tonight" a sense of unease. Rather, Collins turns inward, reveling in a hushed melancholy that conveys heartbreak and loss while skirting the edge of desperation. Song titles tell the tale: there are "Both Sides of the Story," but you "Can't Turn Back the Years," and "Can't Find My Way" and you wind up as "Survivors." By abandoning his thirst for big pop hooks and swapping introspection for art rock, he winds up with an album that is quietly compelling: it lacks the big hits but it feels complete as an album.

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Great Remaster Quality!

Though widely considered his worst solo effort, the time and effort focused on this remaster produced an incredible sound. Unfortunately, the stripped down sound of the album doesn't bring the same fullness as the Face Value remaster, but it still delivers a massive upgrade over the original release. The extras feature mostly live recordings with a few rare studio tracks. My favorite of the lot is "Take Me With You." In terms of quality, the Phil Collins remasters are incredible.

Phil Collins' Personal Favorite

The fact that this is Phil's absolute favorite album makes it worthy of 5 stars. A must have for any Collins fan!

Thank You Phil

This remastered selection is just beautiful. There is nothing more to say !!

Biography

Born: January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Phil Collins' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as much a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, the Genesis drummer-turned-vocalist was almost 30 years old when his first solo single, "In the Air Tonight," became a number two hit in his native U.K. (the song was a Top 20 hit in the U.S.). Between 1984 and 1990, Collins had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits. Long before any...
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