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Sweetheart Compilation Album (2014)

Review by Tommy Beauford

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Whether or not you are a fan of the eternally expansive coffee chain Starbucks, the Valentine’s Day compilation album they’re selling (out today Tuesday February 4th) is certainly worth your attention.  This year’s album, titled Sweetheart 2014, is the 5th record of it’s kind for Starbucks and it is just in time for Valentine’s Day.  The concept is to have contemporary recording artists cover love songs in their own unique (some tracks more unique than others) fashion, and they’ve been putting together these little gems since 2004.  Each and every one of them is worth tracking down and listening to because they’re all stocked with heartfelt versions of classic and rare love ballads, like this version of The Marshall Tucker Band’s Ab’s Song pointed out by NPR (shown below) and executed with haunting charm by Iron & Wine:

Sweetheart 2014’s tracklist includes mostly slow tunes with minimal arrangements.  Jim James kicks off the album with a slow and sexy cover of Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low.  Next is Vampire Weekend doing a very interesting electro-opera version of Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro), and they sing it all in Italian!  There’s not a dud to be found on the whole album in my opinion, and the highlight is Beck’s cover of John Lennon’s Love.
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If you like your love songs slow and sad, then you should definitely give this compilation a listen.

BUY SWEETHEART 2014

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