Valentine's Day is like a feeding frenzy for record labels. Though chocolate and massages spring to mind as obvious gifts, nothing says "I want to sleep with you" like a good ol' fashioned love song. Thus, around this time of year, the labels start trotting out their "Greatest Love Songs" this and their "Best Ballads Of" that, allowing them to yet again pillage their catalogue at little or no cost. And that's fine. But what about all those who are perennially on the losing end of love affairs? The guys and gals who just can't seem to make it work? The ones who are always stuck at home on Valentine's Day wondering just what the hell went wrong again? Verve was kind enough to pillage their catalogue with those folks in mind (which probably means a few of 'em are working in Verve's catalogue department) and "When Love Goes Wrong" is the result, providing the perfect musical accompaniment to a lonely Feb. 14 self-medication session. Opening with "Good Morning Heartache" by Billie Holiday ("Solitude" might have been a better choice) and closing with Mel Torme's "Gloomy Sunday," tracks from Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Scott and Helen Merrill (the bluesiest white jazz vocalist in history) explore the downside of this myth called love, making this collection one glorious stack of pitiful.
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