As with most celebrated days of the year we are offered a range of albums or collections that boldly recognise the special occasion and Valentines Day is no exception.
While flowers and chocolates reign supreme when it comes to gifts for a loved one on the special day, the gift of music is also never far down the list when it comes to showing someone you care.
This years big collection combines the old and the new while marketing it with the Me To You brands signature bear, Tatty Teddy, on the cover. Me To You With Love is a new collection of sentimental love songs with the odd uptempo pop track thrown in for good measures.
A large portion of these songs do a fine job for representing to someone just how much they mean to you. From classic tearjerkers including Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me, to the nineties Robbie William signature track, Angels and the gorgeous country tinged bliss of Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now right down to the dance-floor toe tapping workings of David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s recent smash, When Love Takes Over, Me To You With Love sets out to cover all genres and era’s of music here.
Jazz is represented in the form of Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me and the eighties gets a slice of the limelight with Human League’s Don’t You Want Me, Madness’ It Must Be Love and Bryan Ferry’s, Slave To Love.
There are however more than a handful of tracks on this collection that don’t quite represent Valentines Day in the slightest and make you wonder what on earth the creators of the collection were thinking with some of their choices.
Lily Allen’s Smile, Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl and Spice Girls’ Stop are fine examples of tracks that are far from being Valentines favourites and really do feel drastically out of place here. As well as these few, as much as it pains me to say it and although the timeless Roxette ballad It Must Have Been Love is the standout for me on this collection, I don’t think its one to play to your Valentine unless you are initiating a break up? (“It must have been love, but it’s over now“).
The collection is well varied with a good mix of the old and the new as well as the classic and the album filler but I really feel that a lot more thought and attention to content should have been paid on this collection. With so many fantastic love songs and power ballads out there as well as uptempo heartthrobs to chose from, Me To You With Love falls short in the relevance department when it comes to a gift to any loved one this Valentines Day.
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