Q: Peter Gabriel vs. Phil Collins. Your answer, and why?
A: Ha! You're desperately hoping that I'll start quoting "American Psycho", aren't you? The bit about Phil Collins, and his artistic presence being made more apparent in Genesis during the later albums, right before the split. How prior to "Duke", they were too artsy and intellectual.
Or you could have been hoping that I would say that Genesis as a whole blasted both of them out of the water, and that, even though each has his merits as a solo artist, neither Gabriel nor Collins is able to best the group's ensemble pieces. This is a valid argument; I'd be more inclined to listen to "Selling England by the Pound" than almost any other album, by any other band.
Sorry to disappoint, though. Gabriel's my choice; Collins is too much of a diva. Was *really* pissed that I missed his last tour through Texas, actually; heard Gabriel was fantastic. "Solsbury Hill" in person would have been unreal.
... Uh, also? You probably should tone down your expectations a bit. Gauging by these inane "judgment questions" you're asking, it seems like the only niche of individuals who share your specific tastes would be nerdy males in their early to mid thirties. Unless you happen to be into that - which is entirely possible, given your infatuations with DDL, Ed Norton, and the Jeffs Tweedy and Mangum.
You're a weird kid, Paige. But I like you. Have fun, yo. I'm going to go read something.