We gave it a B+
Any music lover in love knows the ultimate terror: burning a mix for your darling. Sweetheart: Love Songs avoids the too-tender trap. Aside from a couple of duds (Gary Jules’ limp ”How Can I Tell You” makes you wish the U.S. had let Cat Stevens return after all), it’s loaded with covers both amorous and hip. Rufus Wainwright’s luscious ”My Funny Valentine” sets the mood, and highlights like M. Ward’s turn on Pete Townshend’s ”Let My Love Open the Door,” Joseph Arthur’s ”There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (the Smiths), and Jim White’s ”Use Me” (Bill Withers) deliver the goods: devotion both lethal and lovely.