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Face Value by Phil Collins
Released: Feb 1981
Label: Atlantic Records
Phil Collins opens his solo debut, 1981's Face Value, with one of the great pop songs of the 20th century: "In the Air Tonight" (its original video is totally avant-garde). The rest of the album, with its emphasis on funk and R&B, isn't too shabby either. The Genesis drummer turned frontman turned solo star must've taken copious notes when working with Brian Eno just a couple years prior; his use of drum machines, synthesizers and ambient textures (John Giblin's watery bass in particular) is smart and subtle. Face Value's other hit is "I Missed Again," but "I'm Not Moving" is even better.
Justin Farrar
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