Starbucks Hear Music has brewed a second edition of its "Sweetheart" album (in as many years) by having another group of selected artists record their favorite love songs.

Starbucks Hear Music has brewed a second edition of its "Sweetheart" album (in as many years) by having another group of selected artists record their favorite love songs. Rufus Wainwright's moody reading of "My Funny Valentine" best represents the evergreens, and the most surprising among the contemporary choices is the refreshing lap-steel makeover M. Ward gives Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." Calexico delivers a jaunty uptempo interpretation of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Joseph Arthur's plaintive singing of the Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" keeps the lyrics "If a ten-ton truck/Should kill the both of us/To die by your side . . . the pleasure, the privilege is mine" from getting too gruesome. Jim White's sensual Creole twist to Bill Withers' "Use Me" makes exploitation feel like foreplay, and Mindy Smith's "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is a lounge-smooth, starry-eyed ode to love at first sight.—CLT