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Mother's Day albums: The best and worst

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Every year, chart fanatics will no doubt notice a busier-than-normal week for album releases around mid-March.

The reason - of course - is to cash-in on Mother's Day, so we at Digital Spy have put together a handy guide to this year's best and worst releases.

Cooking Sons album artwork
'Cooking Songs', various artists
Mums love cooking, right? So what better way to show your appreciation for the years of meals she's put on the table than by giving her an album of already-overplayed songs that she can whip up another shepherd's pie to? At 54 songs for a tenner you'll get a lot of bang for your buck, but by the time she reaches Will Young's 'Leave Right Now' towards the end of disc three, she may be asking you to do the same.

Mother's Day approval rating: 4/10



Michael Ball 'Both Sides Now'
Michael Ball: 'Both Sides Now'
Your Mum will either love or hate Michael Ball, which makes deciding whether it's the right gift a relatively easy one. It's the usual vintage pop/show tunes covers affair, ranging from Katie Melua's 'Closest Thing To Crazy' to a rendition of 'Love Changes Everything' with Il Divo. Steer clear if she's not already a fan, and if she is, don't encourage her with this.

Mother's Day approval rating: 2/10



Laura Mvula 'Sing To The Moon' album
Laura Mvula: 'Sing To The Moon'
We feel bad lumping this with other Mother's Day-timed records, but something tells us the release of her debut album this week isn't entirely coincidental. If your mum is up to speed with her music but is opposed to a One Direction singalong, she'll probably enjoy this collection of cool and sophisticated soul.

Mother's Day approval rating: 7/10



Olly Murs 'Right Place Right Time' album artwork.
Olly Murs: 'Right Place, Right Time'
It may have been released last year, but Olly has conveniently timed the release of his new single 'Army Of Two' to fall around Mother's Day as a hasty reminder that it's still out. If she's given up on the new Robbie Williams album, why not show her the newer and more exciting model?

Mother's Day approval rating: 8/10




Dido 'Girl Who Got Away' album artwork.
Dido: 'Girl Who Got Away'
Dido's first two records were a staple in most kitchen CD players during the early noughties; and fortunately Girl Who Got Away sounds remarkably similar to them. That said, giving her a Dido album is essentially another way of telling her she's boring, so we'd suggest avoiding this one unless she's not-so-casually mentioned it in passing.

Mother's Day approval rating: 6/10



Emeli Sande's 'Over Version of Events' album cover
Emeli Sandé: 'Our Version Of Events'/'Live From The Royal Albert Hall'
We suspect that even mums are growing tired of Emeli's lebensraum approach to music by now, but if by chance she isn't familiar with Sandé's debut album yet, now is the time to get her up to speed.

Mother's Day approval rating: 4/10





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