20 Songs of Love from the 70's is a trip down memory lane, back to the time when soft rock reigned supreme and there were a hundred more songs like these on the radio. Featuring some of the sappiest and most sentimental songs ever committed to record, the album contains several huge hits from the era. Songs like John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air" and Tavares' "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" are about as energetic as this collection gets, and the soft disco anthems are the only thing keeping this collection from falling asleep. Not that all of the ballads on it are bad; in fact, there are several true guilty pleasures on board, including Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" and Shirley Bassey's sultry "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story." But mostly this is pretty generic stuff, and anyone who experienced the '70s will either remember this fondly or wish they could forget it. If you are in the former category, go ahead and buy this album right now. But if you are in the latter category, this album cannot be avoided enough.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano