Craig David said he thought Motown was a 'genre' not a label. I guess no one has record collections anymore so how should they know otherwise. Anyway, this album is ok. It's not terrible. I wouldn't bash Craig David because he became a bit unfashionable.
However, 'if I'm being honest with you' (copyright Simon Cowell) this is a fairly uninspiring set of covers. If Craig David was on American Idol (I know he's British, but that's ok, let's imagine he's changed nationalities (I don't mind)) then he would be quite a good act. I could imagine his cover versions being applauded by Randy Jackson, who would say 'that's great, dog' and Simon would tell him he sang well, but needed to work on his dancing and performance. Craig might even win and if he did this would be the kind of post-American Idol CD he would bring out. A bit of Stevie, a bit of Al, smooth, soft, pleasant(ish), unthreatening, the kind of thing you'd put on during a nice meal for two, if neither of you were very bothered about music, but wanted to pretend you were into soul, or didn't want to hear each other talk too much. Craig said this album 'stemmed from Michael Jackson dying.' Fair enough. My own reaction was to give Off The Wall a spin.
Of the tracks, Mercy Mercy Me lacks any understanding of the emotion of the Marvin Gaye version, the Stevie Wonder title track is harmless and the Al Green is ok for round 3 of American Idol. If Paula Abdul hadn't been fired, she'd be up on her feet clapping and swaying out of rhythm and probably wondering how to get Craig's number. Give her a call Craig! Maybe your next release could be an album of duets!