Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Phil Collins 'Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)'

Chart Peak: 2


The song that brought Phil Collins his first Oscar nomination was the title song of a film I've never seen, and his first solo Top 40 appearance since the the chart-topping cover of 'You Can't Hurry Love' that began the whole Now story. On a soundtrack that also included songs by Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford (I guess Tony Banks was on holiday), Collins was approached during a Genesis tour and asked for a title song. He obliged with a reworked outtake from his first album, part of his large stock of songs about being left by his wife. Fortunately, it seemed to fit the film storyline and he was able to get the the title into the chorus, even though it's not the hookline.

Nowadays this sounds the epitome of eighties blandness, suffering from Collins' inexplicable conviction that he's a soul singer. That said, the song is well-structured and it's one I can see the skill in even without especially liking it. Unusually, this song has twice been a UK chart-topper, but this original is by far the biggest-selling version as well as the only one to show up on a Now album.

Also appearing on: Now 1, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 27, 41, 44, 68
Available on: True Love Songs

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