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Phil shot to #1 with this 1989 smash. His hit Hang In Long Enough joins the Top 10s Another Day in Paradise; I Wish It Would Rain Down; Do You Remember? , and Something Happened on the Way to Heaven !

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Collins closed out the '80s with the chart-topping ...But Seriously, which spawned four mega-hit singles and also mirrored its title in a turn toward more pensive, socially conscious fare, such as "Another Day in Paradise" and "That's Just the Way It Is." The set also contains Collins's finest batch of lost-love songs ("Do You Remember," "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven," "I Wish It Would Rain Down") since his first two albums, meaning, likely as not, that art was served at the expense of yet another relationship. Collins is aided on the album by some of his famous friends, including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stephen Bishop, and David Crosby. --Daniel Durchholz


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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on February 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chad DeFeo on August 8, 2005
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Sarhan on December 29, 2003
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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.
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