Talk about dumb
For its latest compilation album, the coffee chain commissioned covers of love songs from 13 artists just in time for Valentine’s Day, which sounds like a delightful idea, until you realize how much of “Sweetheart 2014” is wasted on frightfully dull indie-roots acts such as
Is "Always on My Mind," the self-flagellating ballad popularized by both Willie Nelson and Pet Shop Boys, a "tried-and-true expression of ardor," as the album's liner notes describe these tunes? For sure. Here, though, in a sad-sack piano-and-voice rendition by Bahamas, the song's title feels like a threat, not a promise.
Other disappointments include
And yet, "Sweetheart 2014" isn't completely unlovable.
Fiona Apple and her cabaret-singer sister, Maude Maggart, harmonize "I'm in the Middle of a Riddle" with the spooky precision they brought to their duet on Apple's 2012 album, "The Idler Wheel…" Vampire Weekend's resident magpies, Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij, home in on the beautiful melody of "Con te partirò," the pop-classical anthem popularized by Andrea Bocelli.
And though it’s an odd choice for an otherwise-sappy Valentine’s Day set,
Enjoy those highlights -- and endure the rest -- in the album stream below.