"Phil Collins took a lot of critical heat for making this album, 1989's "But Seriously." Apparently, the critics just couldn't handle the idea of Phil Collins, of all singers, singing songs about the problems in Northern Ireland ("That's Just The Way It Is"), South Africa ("Colours"), the homeless ("Another Day In Paradise"), etc. I say too bad for them, and three cheers to Phil. He made a great album. Besides, not ALL of the songs here are political, for Heaven's sake. And as for the political ones, they're good songs! There's nothing wrong with a recording artist taking some risks every now and then, even if that artist's name is Phil Collins. Phil gets things up and roaring with the great brassy blast of "Hang In Long Enough," and the great tunes keep on coming, such as the quiet beauty of "That's Just The Way It Is" & "Do You Remember," and the fun of "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven." The most controversial song on the album, the South Africa-inspired "Colours," is arguably the most adventurous track Phil has ever done, and, with some very strong shifts in mood throughout, as well as some very heartfelt lyrics, Phil pulls it off. The uplifting sing-along vibe of "I Wish It Would Rain Down" is next, followed by the brilliantly powerful, Grammy-winning classic "Another Day In Paradise," one of Phil's most haunting tunes, which kicks off the second half of equally-great songs in fine fashion, including "All Of My Life" and "Father To Son." Phil's singing, songwriting, playing & arranging is first rate, and he gets excellent help from the likes of Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Steve Winwood & Stephen Bishop, as well as the expert "usual suspects" on Phil's team, including guitarist Daryl Stuermer, bassist Leeland Sklar and the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section.With the release of his previous album, 1985's mega-smash "No Jacket Required," Phil got unfairly put into a box of some sort by the music media, labeled "Top 40 Hits." With "But Seriously," Phil climbed out of that box (at least to a certain extent) and got chastised for it. 13 years later, though, the album holds up. "But Seriously" shows not only the serious side to Phil, but also his gutsy side in tackling stronger subject matter than, say, "Sussudio." Hey, I like a good pop song, but I also like it when a so-called "Top 40" artist branches out a little bit, which Phil Collins most certainly did with this fine disc."
David Hogan | Edison, NJ USA | 07/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The critics are wrong...this album is not the same as its predecesors. 'Face Value' and 'Hello I Must Be Going' are strikingly similar, and album #3, 'No Jacket Required,' is pure crap in my opinion save one song, the last one. But this album isn't just mindless pop like his previous albums--this is a classic. 'Find a Way to My Heart' is the best song he ever did...'Sussudio' may have horns like 'Hang in Long Enough,' but the latter is a FAR better song...'That's Just the Way it Is,' 'I Wish it Would Rain Down,' 'All of My Life,' are all great, great songs. My advice for anyone who wishes to hear the best of Phil Collins...don't waste your money on 'Hits'...order the 'In the Air Tonight' single and this album. That's all you need."
Phil Collins: ...But Seriously (1989)
Chad DeFeo | Philadelphia, PA USA | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1989, only a year after releasing 12"ERS, Phil Collins released his fifth album entitled, ...BUT SERIOUSLY. This album is SERIOUSLY an amazing album, focusing on songs that deal with the serious aspects of life, such as the poor as on "Another Day In Paradise", and a lost relationship on "I Wish It Would Rain Down".
HANG IN LONG ENOUGH This was one of the greatest songs to start this album off. The message in the song has been used many times over the years. That message is just simply taking great advice and making it big in life. In 1990, a year after this song, the all-girl group WILSON PHILLIPS would go on to record a song with this same message. That song was their hit single, "Hold On".
THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS Terrific song.
DO YOU REMEMBER A great ballad. Phil's ballads are outstanding.
SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Apparently, this is the only song on the album that is not considered to be SERIOUS. I guess Phil wanted to have a little fun, where this song describes a love gone bad. Is it about a love Phil had once had? Who's to say?
COLOURS An amazing ballad, and possible Phil's longest song reaching over eight minutes. One hell of a tune.
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN When I heard this song for the first time, I loved it. The music is just outstanding, complete with Phil's incredible vocals, a gospel choir, and Eric Clapton on guitars. I am not a fan Eric Clapton's, but his guitar playing is great on this track.
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE This is yet another great Phil Collins song that you will definitely hear quite often on radio stations. In this song, Phil goes into the depths of the needy and the homeless.
HEAT ON THE STREET A great song, separating your usual people of the world from socio-misfits.
ALL MY LIFE Great.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING Nothing special. Just an instrumental piece here.
FATHER TO SON A song where Phil gives advice to his own son. My advice is that all fathers should learn from this song and pass on advice to their own sons.
FIND A WAY TO MY HEART A great way to end this SERIOUS album.
...BUT SERIOUSLY had to have been Phil Collins' greatest album since that of HELLO, I MUST BE GOING! & NO JACKET REQUIRED. The seriousness to this album is so intense that you could feel it. Great album all the way."
Last good one.....
Mike | Fairfax, Virginia USA | 03/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I have said in other reviews Phil Collins is one of my favorites, I expecially love his drumming and he is a good songwriter and singer as well, but let's not forget he's a drummer! This album has some great moments, and some flat ones for me. I love Father to Son, a great song which I used to find myself listening to a lot when I was younger (oh those whistful days of being 20-25 years old) and Find a Way to my Heart. These are underrated and not as well know as the other hits on here, but to tell you the truth, I wasn't entirely taken with some of the hits. In fact, I remember when paradise came out I thought this album would [need help] I am glad I was wrong. The other 2 albums that came out after this weren't nearly as good, so get this one, and Hello, I must be going, and No Jacket, jsut for a trip down memory lane.....oh, those 80's......"
...but seriously, this is Phil Collins' best album!
S. Sarhan | Dearborn, Michigan United States | 12/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you are a big fan of Phil Collins, or you thought Phil Collins was just some ridiculous 80's phony popstar, I would recommend you give But Seriously a listen. Of course, if you are a fan, then you probably already have heard this album a thousand times and agree with me, but if you are the latter, you will be surprised at how intense and how artisitic this album is.Up until 1989 Phil dominated both TV and radio airwaves with his suave and cool music videos and songs, ranging from the sweet rock coolness of In The Air Tonight to the bubbly pop of Two Hearts. But Seriously gave Phil a new credibility. Here he is more than just that, he is a perfectionist artist.The first single showed, for the first time, Phil Collins singing a different tune from his past hits, a song about the poor and homeless, Another Day In Paradise. The song became a worldwide anthem that year sparking repeated airplay and earning the grammy for best song. For many, this song is the highlight of the album. But in truth, its just one of a lot of hightlights. Actually, the entire album was the highlight of the moment.
The maturity of That's Just The Way It Is, Father To Son, and All Of My Life can easily cast over Another Day In Paradise. The sweet love ballad Do You Remember?, which appears in the soundtrack of Nicholas Cage's 1990 bomb Fire Birds, is deliciously good. The chilling rock epic I Wish It Would Rain Down that features guitar work from Eric Clapton dawns as a remarkable highlight on the album. Colors follows in the theme of Another Day In Paradise as a moment to give a thought to the poor and homeless. The album's closer Find A Way To My Heart, another track that was featured in the soundtrack to the Nicholas Cage flop Fire Birds, is an excellent pick for the closing of such a genuine album. The song opens up with some really cool electronic sounds and then slowly escalates and progresses into one big bang of a song. Phil Collins still is around today, still making music but nothing as good as But Seriously. You might still think his earlier stuff from the early 80's was amazing, but seriously, this is Phil Collins' best album!A+"