Various - Now That's What I Call The 90s
Have you ever dreamt of placing yourself into a time machine and transporting back to the good ‘ole days, and I don’t mean the ones your Grandma talks about? Oh no, I mean the decade God gave mankind as an illuminous-love gesture; the nineties. Because if you have, I might just possess the perfect solution for you, something that luckily doesn’t involve fiddling with the speed of light. “What is it?!” I hear you cry, well it comes in a circular shape (or binary code, depending on whether you prefer to download or not), and has the title ‘Now That’s What I Call The 90’s’. OK, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s another one of those albums that record companies like to bring out when all else fails. But, cunningly, this one is slightly different...it’s actually bloody good.
If you were a young whipper-snapper like me in the nineties, then each of the three CDs packed with tracks such as ‘Back for Good’, Shaggy’s ‘Boombastic’, ‘Bring It All Back’ and ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua, will be the soundtrack to a certain phase in your life: your first day at school for example, your first kiss, or even puberty. If you were a teenager in the nineties however, then it’s more than likely that songs such as ‘Spaceman’ by Babylon Zoo, Livin’ Joy’s ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Ice Ice Baby’, will all transport you back to a world packed with fluorescent yellow glo-sticks, very dilated pupils and a sudden feeling of dehydration.
In any respect, with sixty tracks on the album with artists ranging from the Backstreet Boys to Erasure, UB40 to Meatloaf and All Saints it’s hardly going to disappoint. In fact, with an RRP of £14.99 that’s approximately 25p per song which is a bargain if I ever knew one. This, coupled with a side-effect of reminiscing about days gone by where pop singers actually kept their clothes on and had some sense of morality, this compilation is a winner. It’s like a top notch wedding disco compacted onto a disk for your (oh-so-guilty) pleasure, except fortunately there’s no DJ saying “Come on, let’s have some fun party people”. The only drawback however is that you might get a few weird looks from passers-by as you promptly stick your arms out during the chorus of ‘Flying Without Wings’.