25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2004
...but their effect was diluted by the likes of The Darkness and The Backstreet Boys. This album is a reasonably enjoyable compilation of what are, for the most part, middle-of-the-road songs, pleasant enough for background music. Personal highlights include "Purple Rain" by Prince and "This Year's Love" by David Gray (which has a legitimate claim as one of "the most moving songs of all time", unlike Michelle McManus' offering which one can only assume was put on as some sort of comic relief). I was also surprised to find that I enjoyed the N Sync track -- very mellow and understated. Overall though, I wouldn't recommend shelling out for this album. Better to invest in the individual artists' own albums (Aretha, REM, David Gray, etc) and ditch the second-rate hangers-on.
I sent for a goodly number of these tearjerker type compilations recently after finding myself flung, once more, into the relationship dustbin. This was the very last one I sent for, at the absolute depths of my despair, purely on the strength of R.E.M's superbly depressing, yet beautifully soothing, 'Everybody Hurts'. How true those words are. And, although I wouldn't want anyone else to experience the agonies of being dumped and then advised of the many and varied places they can stick every love token they have ever shelled out for, there is a certain solidarity that comes from sitting around despondently in your negligee listening to that song, while working your way through a bottle of red, demolishing an entire box of man-size tissues and motoring your way through a family tin of Roses... all the while, wondering whether your ex-wife will ever speak to you again or not. And, frankly, not really knowing which eventuality might be the lesser of the two evils.
No? Oh well, that must just be me then.
Let me rush to state, I did not buy this collection new. Not that I am, in any way, mean but I certainly wouldn't have paid in excess of ten notes for this. It's an interesting collection, no question about it. Plus Siobhan Fahey brings a touch of sparkly catsuit-clad brilliance to Disc Two. But, the likes of 'Everybody Hurts' not withstanding, this feels to me like an unfinished compilation. As the first two discs in a four disc set, these would be absolute classics. But, as it stands, there really seems to be no real rhyme nor reason as to why these particular songs have been chosen at the expense of any others. It just doesn't feel like a particularly well thought out collection. And the subtitle, '40 Of The Most Moving Songs Of All Time' is so woolly it's practically baaing.
In fairness, the thing was put together in 2004, so capturing Michelle McManus on here was possibly a good deal more impressive than it might appear retrospectively. Quite understandably I suppose, whoever put this selection together seems to have virtually given up after 'Stay'. That's a really wonderful song. I hadn't really appreciated before quite how moving it is, although that could well be because I'm normally watching the video of it and, well let's face it, with Siobhan Fahey there before me in a sparkly catsuit, the very last thing I tend to be doing is concentrating on what she's singing to me.
I actually looked up Mark Chesnutt, the intriguingly named chap bringing up the rear on Disc Two and tasked with trying to improve on Aerosmith's classic 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' He's an American country artist who seems to be allergic to having his photo taken without a gigantic cowboy hat on. And he is a great singer... but it just seems odd to have his version on here instead of the original. As I say, it's like the compiler figured nobody would be listening after 'Stay' and so decided to just bung anything on.
One other strange thing; when I play this through Windows Media Player, a completely different tracklist comes up on the screen. Even more mysterious than that, the exact same tracklist comes up for both discs. And, even more mysterious than THAT, they both seem to be something to do with a 1994 collection that looked absolutely identical to this one. For what it's worth, that collection seems to have been quite diabolical in its unoriginality, making the presence of Mark Chesnutt and his hat here seem like a breath of fresh Texas air.
During my time in the relationship doldrums with these two discs, I pretty much made do with 'Everybody Hurts' on repeat play. I'm a lot better now. Now, I can listen to these forty numbers and appreciate them for what they are: an eclectic bunch of emotionally powerful waifs and strays who have managed to find shelter (and a certain amount of gainful employment) together here.
on 19 March 2014
As the title says, Love Hurts, and it sure does, but these tracks bring back the old memories of yesterday when we all were caught up in the first flush of love. Some very beautiful tracks and some to make you cry.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2012
I'd be prepared to offer more stars if I was able to judge what tracks make up this compilation!
It's bad enough these days to find many of the like of this one, pad out the total with unknowns, so to be able to comment, a listing of tracks is absolutely essential!