Various - Now 70
I have no idea what possessed me to decide to listen and review the latest Now compilation album. Was it a link back to my childhood days where it was a guaranteed annual treat to get the latest one at Christmas? Or was it simply to see whether the state of our music charts is as bad as people say? After listening to around two hours of it, I’m still none the wiser.
The main problem with disc one is that for every diamond sprinkled throughout the track listing, you get at least two pieces of coal. For example you get the utterly ace 10,000 Nights by Alphabeat followed by two bands equally as bad as each other, The Kooks and The Ting Tings. Towards the end of the disc you also get the unholy alliance of Scouting For Girls, The Feeling and The Hoosiers, which I challenge anyone to sit through and not have homicidal urges afterwards.
However there are still some great tracks which are worth buying the album for if you are more of a singles person than an album buyer. Gabriella Cilmi’s Sweet About Me is three minutes of musical heaven and there are also solid pop tracks from the ever-reliable Girls Aloud and Sugababes. Oddly though there is lack of some of the indie rock tracks that have performed well in the charts in recent months. One such example would be Moving To New York by The Wombats which, love it or loathe it, did fill many an indie dancefloor when it was released and still does.
Disc two is definitely more aimed at the hip hop, RnB and dance genres despite Estelle’s American Boy being on disc one. It would be unfair of me to judge this disc as I’ve never really been a major fan of any of those genres, but the main players are there such as Rihanna, Usher, Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey so I’m sure fans of these genres would find enjoyment on this disc.
However on this disc there are clear errors and filler tracks even for someone like me. One such track is the blander than bland offering from The Script entitled We Cry. I certainly almost did with rage after sitting through their attempt. It also has Britney Spears’ latest Break The Ice which would also split fans down the middle and possibly more into the negative side.
I think the one main problem with the Now series is that they are released three times a year. If perhaps they decided to change it to an annual release, we might end up with a strong offering of the best singles of the year and it could go back to how I used to view it when I was younger. Not that they will listen to me of course while they still sell by the bucket load every time they come out.