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Album Review: Various Artists – Cooking Songs

We all love a good baking session… Jumping on the success of The Great British Bake Off amongst other things, a new compilation has hit the shelves this week by the name of Cooking Songs accompanied by some delightful recipes from quite the dish himself, Gino D’Acampo.

So, let us set the scene for you. Apron on, you are knee-deep in flour, mixing bowls and wooden spoons on the work surface, what could be missing? Yes, the tunes; because everyone likes a good sing song when producing their next apple crumble. So, is Sony’s Cooking Songs the right 3-CD selection for this extremely important job?

The selection is questionable to say the least with the majority of songs having very little, if that, to do with the compilation album’s concept. For example, we would love for anyone to suggest how James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ or Dido’s ‘White Flag’ has anything to do with cooking except for having the sing-along factor.

The tracks are very broad too, so there is something for everything. The contrast ranges from modern day belters like Paloma Faith’s ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, Olly Murs & Flo Rida’s ‘Troublemaker’ and Amelia Lily’s ‘You Bring Me Joy’ to old school classics like Annie Lennox’s ‘Walking On Broken Glass’ and The Nolans’ ‘I’m In The Mood For Dancing’. One thing you can say about this compilation is that it definitely wants you to be singing into your spatula by the end of it, if ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis is anything to go by.

If you want a good playlist of jams to whip your weave to then this is quite possibly a good choice. The modern day hits mixed with the older camp classics certainly do make for a pleasing listen. Rihanna, next to The Weather Girls, next to Rebecca Ferguson next to Dolly Parton, it all kind of doesn’t really make sense and shouldn’t really work for a Cooking based CD, but strangely it does. Yes, the theme is the loosest it possibly could be, but does it matter? We don’t think so.  Housewives, students and Mary Berry will all enjoy it.

Go Get It: Amelia Lily ‘You Bring Me Joy’ / Paloma Faith ‘Never Tear Us Apart’

Forget It: Lady Gaga ‘Pokerface’ / Westlife ‘You Raise Me Up’

Cooking Song is now available from Amazon and iTunes.

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