The Boston Globe’s amazing review of Sweetheart 2014

Check out The Boston Globe’s sterling review of the new album saying “this collection, featuring various artists mostly from the indie-rock realm, is surprisingly effective at dismantling love songs and reimagining them in fresh contexts.” Cover songs with heart, soul on ‘Sweetheart 2014’ By James Reed | GLOBE STAFF | FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Right on time for Valentine’s Day soundtracks, “Sweetheart 2014” banks on a tried-and-true conceit: We love cover songs. And this collection, featuring various artists mostly from the indie-rock realm, is surprisingly effective at dismantling love songs and reimagining them in fresh contexts. Too often artists who interpret … Continue reading

NPR First Listen: Full Album Stream of Sweetheart 2014 Live This Week!

NPR’s First Listen of “Sweetheart 2014” is live! On the Sweetheart Searies, NPR states: “Compiled by Starbucks every few years, the Sweetheart compilations adhere to a simple concept in which well-liked contemporary artists cover well-liked classic love songs just in time for Valentine’s Day. But, more importantly, the collections revolve around a refreshing and consistent mindset: There are no arch piss-takes, no goofs, no skirting sincerity with a wink and a sneer. Even when an effort feels like a minor pairing or a failed experiment, goodwill carries the day.” To hear Sweetheart 2014 in its’ entirety, click here or visit … Continue reading

Stereogum Debuts Phosphorescent’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”

Need your weekly fix of Sweetheart 2014? Look no further than today’s track premiere of Phosphorescent’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” over at Stereogum. “It’s still early, but this is already a big day for beardy indie bands covering Bob Dylan songs. First, we heard Built To Spill’s take on “Jokerman.” Now, we get Matthew Houck and Phosphorescent doing their rendition of “Tomorrow Is A Long Time,” a song that Dylan wrote and recorded early in his career but didn’t release until 1971′s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2….” –Stereogum Click to read on and hear the track … Continue reading

Hear Ben Harper’s take on “Fade Into You” today at Consequence of Sound

Check out the Consequence of Sound track premiere of Ben Harper’s cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade into You” from the #Sweetheart2014 compilation due out February 4. From the feature: “Ben Harper is known mainly for his guitar chops, but he’s putting down the axe for his contribution to Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 compilation album. Instead, he pulls up a piano stool and delivers a gentle cover of Mazzy Star’s 1994 single “Fade into You”. It’s an interesting choice, considering the original version is driven as much by acoustic guitar as piano keys, but Harper is going for a different feel with … Continue reading

Fiona Apple debuts “I’m In The Middle Of A Riddle” at The Wall Street Journal!

From WSJ’s Speakeasy: “Coy love songs are not usually Fiona Apple’s forte, but she’s a natural on a new version of the vintage tune “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle” that Apple shares with her sister, the cabaret singer Maude Maggart. The song, premiering today on Speakeasy, is part of “Sweetheart 2014,” a Valentine’s Day compilation of classic love songs recorded by the likes of Jim James, Beck, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and more.” Read on and hear the new track here.

The Fader debuts “I Hope” from Blake Mills

Check out the debut of Blake Mills’ “I Hope” today over at The Fader when you get a chance. “Longing for better times, [Mills] sings, Sometime, somewhere/ We’re gonna meet again, I know/ And I won’t love you anymore/ I hope. Give it a cry below, then regain your composure with Vampire Weekend’s cheerier offering, a rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Partirò.’” –The Fader http://www.thefader.com/2014/01/09/stream-blake-mills-i-hope-bobby-charles-cover-starbucks-love-songs/#ixzz2pvrMf6on”>Read more

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Sweetheart 2014 – An Extraordinary Musical Valentine

Adventurous Valentine’s Day Collection Features Contributions By Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Brandi Carlile, Beck, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June, Blake Mills, Bahamas and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down For Immediate Release – December 11th, 2013 – Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Sweetheart 2014, a collection of indelible, handpicked covers from a remarkable group of modern musical dreamers who artfully grapple, in one way or another, with that most vexing of subject to ever befall mankind, L.O.V.E. Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will be available on … Continue reading