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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Love

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20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: Best of Love -- the emotion, not the band -- features 11 love songs from a variety of artists, including the hands-down classics "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Unfortunately, most of the rest of the urban/soul songs on the collection, such as Brian McKnight's "Anytime," Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee," and K-Ci & JoJo's "Tell Me It's Real" pale in comparison to these greats, though Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Luther Vandross' "Here and Now" come considerably closer. Adding to the collection's scattered feel is the about-face it does about two-thirds of the way through, switching from urban love songs to rock- and pop-oriented ones. If they were mixed a little more evenly throughout the album, songs like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," and Chris de Burgh's "Lady in Red" wouldn't sound as jarring as they do at the end of the collection. While 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: Best of Love collects several fine examples of mood music, they're just not in any kind of order to sustain that mood.

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