Whether your plans tonight involve chocolate, champagne, a fancy dinner, or a dozen roses, every romantic evening needs an accompanying soundtrack. And because going old-school is just more classic and more classy, we suggest setting a sexy mood via vinyl, not mp3 and your laptop. As for what to play, consider your options carefully and strategically: Unless you're dating a soccer mom, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé are probably not going to get you laid. Sure, you can go with Barry White or every Romeo's fallback makeout record, Jeff Buckley's Grace. But the history of pop music is rife with even more sexy albums.
Bob Husak of Leary Records says his two favorite mood-setting records are:
Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
"And early-'70s Ronnie Aldrich LPs go well with bubble bath and a bottle of red," he adds.
(Leary Records does have Hounds of Love in stock right now.)
Whenever I'm trying to set the mood, which I frequently am, here are some go-tos out of my own vinyl collection:
João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto
Fiona Apple, Tidal
Beach House, Devotion
Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin, Je t'aime . . . moi non plus
Harry Nilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
And, although this falls under the Jeff Buckley's Grace/"no shit" category, it still bears repeating that anything by Sade works as well.
Anything we're missing? Add in the comments, and happy Valentine's Day!