Another volume in the popular series of double-disc compilations, R&B Love Songs 2010 includes 40 contemporary R&B singles, some of them British and some of them American. The first disc is more or less uptempo music fit for club play, while the second disc has a lot of laid-back slow jams. Contemporary R&B circa 2010 was closely intertwined with rap music. Consequently, there is a bit of rap heard here and there on the first disc, for instance, rappers Soulja Boy on "Kiss Me Through the Phone," Fabolous on "Everything Everyday Everywhere," and Kanye West on "Supernova." The second disc is pure R&B without the rap. Other songs that don't fit exactly into the R&B category include dance-pop hits like Black Eyed Peas' "Meet Me Half Way," Lady Gaga's "Love Game," and Shakira's "She Wolf." Again, these tracks aren't as diverse as those on the first disc. Highlights of that first disc include JLS' "Beat Again," Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart," and Chris Brown's "Forever." As for the second disc, highlights include Rihanna's "Russian Roulette," Mariah Carey's "I Want to Know What Love Is," and Jeremih's "Birthday Sex." If there's a complaint to be made about R&B Love Songs 2010, it wouldn't be about the quality of the material, which is generally top-notch and sequenced well enough, but rather how out of date some of it is. For instance, though this album promotes itself as synonymous with 2010, it includes oldies like Justin Timberlake's "What Comes Around," which dates back four years to 2006.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2