Summary

While it was issued just prior to the group's reunion performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII and, oh yeah, Valentine's Day 2013, Love Songs is more thoughtful than expected. "Cater 2 U" is the lone inclusion that was released as a single, unless you count Timbaland's slinky mix of "Say My Name." Otherwise, this is a sharp selection of deep album cuts, including one from Kelly Rowland's Simply Deep ("Heaven"), that demonstrates the group's depth behind the hits. The one new song, "Nuclear," is a knockout. Produced by Pharrell, it sounds more like something released in 1990 by the Chimes, Soul II Soul, or the Family Stand than any pop-R&B circa 2013. ~ Andy Kellman