Collection fails 'ultimate' test

Collection fails 'ultimate' test

Ultimate R&B: The Love Collection 2011 contains some great hits, but not enough to make it "ultimate".

It is debatable whether this two-disc compilation of love songs contains the best of recent offerings. Notably, tracks by major players such as Usher and Alicia Keys are missing; perhaps it is simply a case of record labels sticking to their own artists. Some R'n'B fans may be a little disappointed as a result.

The selection gets off to a perfect start with I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas. This summer anthem from 2009 was huge on dancefloors around the world and, while it's an upbeat opener, it's hardly a "love song".

Hits by artists such as Taio Cruz, Rihanna and Maroon 5 are also welcome additions.

Overall the general vibe of the music is relaxed and laidback. There is a great balance of songs. Some are smooth and soft; Kiss Goodbye, by Avant, has a jazzy edge to its mellow tune and romantic, gushing lyrics. Others offer beats to make you tap your feet or want to dance, like Ne-Yo's Beautiful Monster.

If you're looking for music to play in the background this summer during a casual party or a get-together, this is for you. It will instantly put you in a carefree mood, ready to enjoy yourself with friends.

But it's not the smartest buy if you're looking for a collection of the year's top R'n'B tunes.

YP Rating: 3/5

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