Various Artists

Me to You with Love

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One of several Valentine's Day-themed compilations to be released in 2011, Me to You with Love is an EMI two-CD, 43-track collection of songs designed to be the perfect musical gift for that special someone. Whether they'll be quite so pleased to hear the likes of Lily Allen's "Smile" ("at first when I see you cry, it makes me smile") and Roxette's Pretty Woman power ballad ("it must have been love, but it's over now") remains to be seen, while the likes of Don McLean's ode to Van Gogh ("Vincent"), Spice Girls' Motown pastiche ("Stop"), and Katy Perry's faux-lesbian debut ("I Kissed a Girl") wouldn't exactly be on the top of the list of most people's favorite love songs. Luckily, the rest of the material is a little more appropriate. Alongside ubiquitous romantic standards like Robbie Williams' "Angels," Barry Manilow's "Mandy," and Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful," and number ones from Sinéad O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U"), UB40 ("I Can't Help Falling in Love"), and the Human League ("Don't You Want Me?"), there are lesser-known, heartfelt statements from Tom Baxter ("Better") and Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua (their cover of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"), and contemporary offerings from Eliza Doolittle ("Pack Up"), Lady Antebellum ("Need You Now"), and David Guetta & Kelly Rowland ("When Love Takes Over"). Highlights include Minnie Riperton's high-octave vocal showcasing "Lovin' You," Norah Jones' dreamy "Come Away with Me," and Nina Simone's jazz classic "My Baby Just Cares for Me." But with songs tackling pure pop (Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again"), ska (Blondie's "The Tide Is High"), indie rock (the Kooks' "She Moves in Her Own Way"), old-school soul (Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"), and boy band R&B (Blue & Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"), this generic but hit-laden collection of love songs will have something to appeal to the most hopelessly romantic Valentines.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:10
2 3:00
3 3:24
4 3:39
5 3:51
6 4:19
7 3:57
8 3:52
9 3:46
10
3:24
11 3:24
12 3:51
13 3:15
14 2:49
15 3:34
16 3:04
17 4:18
18 3:34
19 3:29
20 4:41
21 3:12
22 3:09 Amazon
23
2:59
24
3:23
25
3:58
26
3:51
27
4:19
28
3:57
29
3:52
30
3:46
31
3:23
32
3:24
33
3:50
34
3:14
35
2:48
36
3:34
37
3:03
38
4:18
39
3:34
40
3:28
41
4:41
42
3:11
43
2:35
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