Various Artists : Love, Love, Love
Just out in time for the commercial catastrophe that is Valentines Day, this love song compilation by Warner Music is guaranteed to pull the heartstrings of both lovers and cynics all over the country.
The album opens with Avalanche City's infectious Love, Love, Love. This up-tempo, catchy pop tune makes you want to quit your job, star in a corny rom-com and skip down a sunny street into the arms of a ridiculously good-looking male model. Other feel-good tunes such as Florence's You've Got The Love and Mark Ronson's Somebody To Love Me keep the movie fantasy alive whilst Kimbra's Cameo Lover exemplifies that love songs don't have to induce lumps in your throat and sting your eyes with tears of remorse but can in fact impel you to put down the tissues and get off your couch.
Alas, it wouldn't be a V-Day compilation without a substantial dosage of those saccharine symphonies that bring out the bitter cynic in even the most romantically inclined. Ed Sheeran's Kiss Me, Lisa Mitchell's Romeo and Juliet and Christina Perri's Arms provide the soppiest moments in this collection as they fail to evoke any genuine emotion and subsequently fade into the background amongst a catalogue of otherwise top shelf musical love letters.
This compilation also narrates the love stories of some of Australia’s most talented artists. The Jezabels’ tune Easy To Love exhibits the distinctly emotive rock/folk sound that has garnered them respect and admiration in their homeland, whilst Sia’s piano ballad My Love proves that the current queen of dance-song collaborations possesses one of the most moving voices around.
Ryan Adams’ acoustic cover of Oasis’ most famous love song, Wonderwall, is a notable addition; however Death Cab for Cutie’s I Will Follow You Into The Dark is the strongest love anthem in the whole bunch. This timeless contribution about love enduring beyond the inevitable event of death is truly heart-wrenching and enough to make anyone cancel their plans, change into pyjamas and reach for the cookie dough ice-cream.
As a whole, Love Love Love is a killer compilation that caters to all lovers and it will put many significant others in the good books on February 14, making it the perfect Valentine’s gift for even the most cynical of sweethearts.
BY TASH ANDERSON
Best track: I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
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In a word: Love-ly