From prog rock to pop trio, Sum of the Parts chronicles the history of Genesis....and Phil Collins.
|"Yup. That's right, folks.|
I'm the real Batman!"
As a history lesson, Sum of the Parts is interesting but never gives an in depth calculation of character or the creative dynamic that ultimately led to Gabriel's departure. However, we are told time and time again that both Collins and Gabriel are both geniuses of their craft, solo or otherwise. Meanwhile. poor Steve Hackett is still just a side note in the decades long story of a band that's been through numerous line up changes and lead man swaps. And singer Ray Wilson (1997-1998) is never mentioned in this mostly flat documentary that picks and chooses what and who it wants to breeze over. Another half hour would have been much appreciated by music enthusiasts like myself. We want details, inside information, and as much history as possible. After all, this is supposed to be a career retrospective, right?
|"This album is going to be called|
The Strangest Family Photo Ever."
Still, something with this documentary feels amiss. It never digs in deep and beats around the bush, hesitating in its astuteness of real music history. The timeline gets boggled and confused at times and focus is abundantly clear that the most important member is Phil Collins, which some will take issue with. Don't get me wrong. Collins is a great songwriter and has most definitely proven himself time and time again. Sum of the Parts just seems to revel in Collins' successes while not giving due respect to Gabriel or Hackett and makes Banks and Rutherford appear minutely self aware.
|"Ok guys. As soon as this photo shoot|
is over, I say we write 10-12 hooky