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Both Sides is the title of Phil Collins' fifth studio album, released in the autumn of 1993. Three singles from the album were released, the political anthems Both Sides Of The Story, We Wait And We Wonder (on which Collins plays bagpipes) and the ballad Everyday.
Widely regarded as his most personal album, Both Sides was notable for the fact that Collins made it entirely on his own, his usual loyal collaborators such as producer Hugh Padgham, guitarist Daryl Sterumer , bassist Lee Sklar and the Phenix Horn Section all being notable absences. Instead, Collins played all the instruments himself as well as taking care of the production duties. For the first time, Collins wrote sleeve notes explaining the meaning of each of the songs on the album.
At its release the album was met with a lukewarm reception, being criticsed for its over reliance on slow, dark, and downbeat songs. The dark, melancholy style of Both Sides (a return to the style of his early albums Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going!) - was down to the fact that the album chronicled the breakup of his second marriage to Jill Tavelman.
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