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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 05, 2014

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Various (Album)


I SHOULDN’T think there is anyone in the country who doesn’t like at least one song which has Motown stamped on its label.

Me, well I like most of them and The Nation’s Favourite Motown Songs is positively magical.

The album is set to be released on Monday to co-incide with a new TV show which will tell the story behind some of Motown’s best-love songs, and will count down to the final reveal of what has been voted as the all-time favourite.

ITV’s The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song will air on Sunday and features interviews and footage of iconic artists who will all personally help to tell the story behind some of the 40 songs which feature on the double disc CD.

I’ve been a huge fan of this genre of music for as long and I can remember and there isn’t a dud track on the album. It includes some of my all-time favourites such as Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson, Being With You by the legend who is Smokey Robinson and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross.

This album is in my car’s CD player and that’s where it’s going to stay for the summer.

(Caroline Kay)


Linkin Park (Album)


I have been a big fan of Linkin Park since they smashed onto the music scene with debut album - Hybrid Theory.

I have followed the band ever since and have long enjoyed the rap rock metal that they produce.

However, in recent years, the band have taken their music in a host of different directions and I have, for the first time, started to sway away from their efforts.

But, when news arrived that they would be releasing a new album, I knew I still had to hear it.

What a disappointment it was.

Returning to the early days, the band goes for a heavy rock sound but the album does not work one little bit.

Overlong, guitar heavy intros go on for so long that I was skipping tracks.

This was the first time ever that I have not liked one track on a Linkin Park album - I hope this does not happen ever again.

(Rob Smyth)

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