Smokey & Friends - Smokey Robinson
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  • Summary: The covers release of some of the R&B singer's hits features duets with Gary Barlow, Aloe Blacc, Mary J. Blige, JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, CeeLo Green, Elton John, Jessie J, Ledisi, John Legend, Miguel, James Taylor, and Steven Tyler.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    While the new versions have little chance of replacing the originals seared into our collective brains, both Smokey and his buddies certainly sound like they’re having a good time revisiting Hitsville.
  2. Aug 19, 2014
    63
    If the all-star duets record is beginning to feel like a legacy-burnishing obligation, Robinson, 74, sidesteps that vibe on the breezy Smokey & Friends, a would-be museum piece with some real air in it.
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    60
    The balance of respectful tributes and reimaginings recalls John Fogerty's similarly structured 2013 collection, Wrote a Song for Everyone.
  4. Nov 7, 2014
    60
    It is impossible to wholly mess up a great pop songwriter's work; second, it is equally impossible to improve upon a perfectly crafted original recording. [Nov 2014, p.100]
  5. Aug 19, 2014
    40
    Compared to the originals, or even the better covers released during the intervening years, these versions are pleasant if sterile.
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    40
    When countless Miracles anthologies exist, anyone who reaches for this is a bigger clown than the weepy one in Smokey's song. [Dec 2014, p.116]