Various Artists

Motown Love Songs

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There are two distinct sides to Motown. Perhaps best known is the uptempo, dancefloor-filling side best represented by early Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye, the chattering girl groups like the Marvelettes, or the bubblegum groovy Jackson 5 hits of the late '60s. The other side of Motown is the lush, romantic side, probably best exemplified by Smokey Robinson's honey-sweet tones of heartbreak. This disc, Motown Love Songs, is a brief and only partially successful collection of some of the label's romantic moments. It mainly fails due to the lack of variety in the artists chosen. With so many great Motown artists, why choose three Commodores songs, and why double up on Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder? That being said, there are some great tunes here, including Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," Robinson's "Being With You," and Wonder's "My Cherie Amour." Taken as a tiny slice of a much larger pie, this disc isn't terrible; it is not really something you need to buy, either.

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