Phil Collins’ debut solo album, Face Value, is a raw and honest exploration of heartbreak and loss. Released in 1981, the album was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit singles “In the Air Tonight” and “I Don’t Care Anymore.”
The album is a departure from the more progressive rock sound of Collins’ previous band, Genesis. Instead, Face Value is a more personal and introspective album, with Collins writing and singing about his own experiences of divorce and infidelity.
The album opens with the haunting “In the Air Tonight,” a song about a near-death experience Collins had while driving in Los Angeles. The song is a powerful and atmospheric ballad, with Collins’ vocals soaring over the dramatic instrumentation.
Other highlights on the album include the soulful “I Don’t Care Anymore,” the upbeat “Behind the Lines,” and the emotional “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Collins also shows off his versatility as a songwriter with the funky “Thunder and Lightning” and the jazz-infused “The Roof Is Leaking.”
Face Value is a classic album that stands the test of time. Collins’ raw and honest songwriting is still relatable today, and the album’s production is still top-notch. If you’re a fan of pop music, rock music, or simply great songwriting, then Face Value is an essential album for your collection.