Various - The Very Best of Love Legends

Pity the poor person who has to come up with a tracklisting for something like this. Charged with the task of compiling 40 classic "Love Legends", they have put together a very uninspiring list of empty pop tunes, rock ballads and some frankly baffling choices.

The first CD lurches back and forth from the average to the bad. John Lennon's nauseating "Woman" kicks things off, Robbie Williams belts out "Angels", and then we descend into the doldrums - Whitesnake, Roxette, Tina Turner - lots of good reasons never to tune into Capital Gold.

Reading like The Erection Section at an 80's disco, we get Phyllis Nelson, The Spand's, even a bit of Wet Wet Wet. Simon Webbe's surprisingly average "No Worries" is alright, but KT Tunstall must be scratching her head and wondering on what drunken night she signed away her song for this. Best track on this CD is The Hollies with the wonderful "The Air That I Breathe", standing out amid the rubbish.

Disc 2 isn't much better. It has Phil Collins on it for a start. Odyssey's "If You're Lookin' For a Way Out" is pretty good in a "remember this one" sort of way, as is Honeybus with "I Can't Let Maggie Go". But there is nothing much else of any interest. Bryan Ferry croons he way through "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", but even he can't improve things much.

This is real case of a CD to fill up the racks in garages, in the hope some poor sap might buy it for their girlfriend. Pretty poor to say the least.



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