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Come Dine with Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs

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9/27/2010

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A spinoff from the hugely successful Channel 4 reality/cookery TV show, Come Dine with Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs is the latest compilation album designed to soundtrack the perfect dinner party. Cleverly dividing the 60 tracks over three discs, each meant to represent a different course, it features a rather surprisingly eclectic range of artists from Jamie Cullum to Christina Aguilera to Primal Scream. Indeed, taking in everything from chillout dance (Röyksopp, Groove Armada), girl band R&B (All Saints, TLC), and British indie pop (the Zutons, Travis), it's not as MOR as other similarly themed compilations, even if the pace very rarely strays beyond midtempo. From the first more laid-back disc, Morcheeba's trip-hop classic "The Sea," Jose Gonzales' beautiful rendition of the Knife's "Heartbeat," and Alicia Keys' ode to New York, "Empire State of Mind," are the standouts. OneRepublic's melancholic Keane-esque "Stop and Stare," Whitney Houston's feisty anthem "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and SWV's Jacko-sampling "Right Here" provide the highlights for disc two, while Lissie's Fleetwood Mac-inspired "When I'm Alone," Jeff Buckley's haunting version of "Hallelujah," and the Fray's TV soundtrack staple "How to Save a Life" are the choice cuts from the more alternative third disc. With number ones from Gnarls Barkley and Natasha Bedingfield, classic hits from Miles Davis and Rosemary Clooney, and lesser-known gems from Sébastien Tellier and Tom Baxter, Come Dine with Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs should provide a varied and satisfying accompaniment to any meal. ~ Jon O'Brien
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Broken Down Alicia Keys 3:34
  3. 2 At the River Groove Armada 3:0
  4. 3 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae 3:32
  5. 4 I Get a Kick Out of You Jamie Cullum 4:9
  6. 5 No Ordinary Love Sade 3:58
  7. 6 Ain't Got No (I Got Life) Nina Simone 2:51
  8. 7 Summertime Gil Evans 3:16
  9. 8 Sway Rosemary Clooney 2:36
  10. 9 The Sea Morcheeba 5:35
  11. 10 I Go to Sleep The Pretenders 2:56
  12. 11 Lovely Day Bill Withers 4:8
  13. 12 Everybody's Talkin' Harry Nilsson 2:40
  14. 13 Samba Pa Ti Santana 4:36
  15. 14 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 3:2
  16. 15 Love and Happiness Al Green 4:58
  17. 16 Goodnight and Go Imogen Heap 4:5
  18. 17 Heartbeat José González 2:38
  19. 18 Eple Röyksopp 3:35
  20. 19 Destiny Zero 7 3:44
  21. 20 La Ritournelle Gilles Peterson 7:32
  22. 1 New York [Edit] Paloma Faith 3:39
  23. 2 I'd Rather Be with You Joshua Radin 2:40
  24. 3 Sweet About Me Gabriella Cilmi 3:21
  25. 4 Cowboys and Angels George Michael 4:33
  26. 5 Black Coffee All Saints 4:43
  27. 6 Nothing Ever Hurt Like You 3:51
  28. 7 Stop and Stare OneRepublic 3:41
  29. 8 It's Not Right But It's Okay Whitney Houston 4:21
  30. 9 White Flag Dido 3:35
  31. 10 Crazy Seal 4:27
  32. 11 Stars Simply Red 4:5
  33. 12 I Try Macy Gray 3:53
  34. 13 Love Song Sara Bareilles 4:17
  35. 14 Right Here SWV 3:48
  36. 15 Waterfalls TLC 4:16
  37. 16 See the Day Dee C. Lee 4:18
  38. 17 I Will Survive Chantay Savage 4:8
  39. 18 These Words Natasha Bedingfield 3:35
  40. 19 Torn Natalie Imbruglia 2:58
  41. 20 Beautiful Christina Aguilera 3:58
  42. 1 I'm Yours Jason Mraz 4:0
  43. 2 Stop Me 3:33
  44. 3 Who Knew Pink 3:27
  45. 4 This Ain't a Love Song Scouting for Girls 3:7
  46. 5 When I'm Alone Lissie 3:40
  47. 6 Crazy Gnarls Barkley 2:58
  48. 7 Young Folks Peter Bjorn and John 4:36
  49. 8 How to Save a Life The Fray 3:59
  50. 9 Dream Catch Me Newton Faulkner 3:42
  51. 10 How Men Are Aztec Camera 3:36
  52. 11 Red Daniel Merriweather 3:52
  53. 12 I Am Not a Robot Marina 3:31
  54. 13 Movin' on Up Primal Scream 3:39
  55. 14 Side Travis 3:54
  56. 15 My Ever Changing Moods The Style Council 3:35
  57. 16 Goodbye Mr. A The Hoosiers 3:46
  58. 17 Valerie The Zutons 3:51
  59. 18 Secret Smile Semisonic 3:42
  60. 19 This Boy Tom Baxter 3:45
  61. 20 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 4:13

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