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My opinion of the Now albums is generally pretty fixed - you usually can't go wrong with them. They depend entirely on what sort of few months it's been like in the world of music. If it's been good, with some great singles out and you don't fancy buying or downloading the songs and albums, then you can get them all in one place.
The album has a fantastic blend of rock, R&B, dance and pop. This compilation has 45 songs on it, including:
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kid Rock - All Summer Long
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
The Saturdays - Up
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Razorlight - Wire to Wire
The Verve - Love is Noise
Alphabeat - Boyfriend
2008 was a fantastic year for music, and I think the selection on this double CD has a good representation of that. We had the return of The Verve, the summer anthem of Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon, a return to form for Coldplay, the rise of Duffy, The Ting Tings and Alphabeat, as well as the sultry pop rock of Katy Perry.
Unfortunately there are a couple of poor songs on here too, as you would probably expect. Kaiser Chiefs continue to disappoint after their brilliant debut album - this album includes "Never Miss a Beat" which I think is distinctly average. And someone should really have a word with Boyzone - Take That they are not.
Now 71 was released in November 2008, just in time for Christmas. This is also suggested on the striking album cover (one of my favourite covers they've done on the Now albums actually) as there are presents in amongst the bright, bold red and blue colours.
All in all, a good compilation, but is only one of the better ones because of the way in which artists excelled themselves in 2008. Probably one of my favourite Now compilations and I'm sure they will keep going for many more years.
The Now series are a must for music fans everywhere, each documenting the past couple months in music and covering most genres.
Now 71 is no different with a large variety of artists for any music lovers taste. For pop fans there is plently of this album including two helping of Katy Perry, some Girls Aloud, Pink, Sugababes, Duffy, The Saturdays etc. For R&B fans there is Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks etc. For dance fans there is Basshunter, Sash, Guru Josh Project, Eric Prydz etc. Finally for fans of alternative music there is songs from the likes of Razorlight, Keane, Flobots, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol etc.
Although normally the two CDs do contain some songs which I don't believe deserve their place there, this CD I feel every song has been a hit, even if it not to my taste. So Now 71 covers the biggest music from the second half of 2008.
The "Now That's What I call Music" series is widely regard as the ultimate compilation in popular music. The series has been a huge success and customers now expect at least two "Now" series to be released each year. The albums are simple yet effective, they encompass all the biggest songs released over the previous 6 to 12 months. Now 71 was particularly successful, with mega-hits including Pink - So What, Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire etc...
Each song on the double CD is of the highest calibre, reaching the higher echelons of the Singles Charts in Europe and the United States. Aristocrats from the music industry are always included in the "Now" series and this album is no different, including tracks from the phenomenally successful Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, Rhianna, Girls Aloud, Pink etc... The album has a certain edge to it in that the majority of songs are of the 'popular culture' genre, therefore commanding a great following from music lovers of all persuasions.
Having just reviewed one of the better now compilations I'm following it with one of my least favourite.
I suppose the trouble with these albums is that if you don't like the chart music of the last three months then you will probably not like the version that they release.
The 2 cd's have over 40 tracks on them but I am really struggling to find more than 10 or 15 that I really like. There will always be the fun songs I suppose but do we really need the Winners song by Geraldine on something like this?
I can't even say that they have gone for one particular genre of music on this album because there is a good mix but I think perhaps it is just not to my taste this time. There are number ones on there such as Kings of Leon (which is a great track) and dance tracks such as Pjano so perhaps it just wasn't a good three months for music that I liked.
That is part of the beauty of this type of album - due to the diversity of music you will never like all of the albums.
I have been unable to include a track listing with this review
This is the latest Now album, as I go to write my review. You can always rely on the Now albums to deliver a good mix of music, crossing different genres and spread over a couple of discs. They sell by the bucketload and this album is one of the stronger Now albums for some time.
On this album:
Disc one reads like a list of recent number ones! Ticking them off, Girls Aloud, Katy Perry, Pink, Kings Of Leon and Kid Rock. Infact, I do believe the compilers just looked at the chart stats and stuck the last five number ones on at the beginning to get the album off to a promising start . It has to to said, 'Sex On Fire' is a belter and even the Girls Aloud track is a crowdpleaser, with the sixities throwback melody.
There are some suggestable moments though, I would have left off Geraldine. It is not the kind of track you would want to play over and over, being too novelty based for me. Also, the Will Young track is a limp affair.
Onto the second disc, which has a stronger indie flavour than the poppy first disc. Delights here in the form of Coldplay and Razorlight. The Razorlight track is haunting and the vocals are very atmospheric.
Then, it confuses by chucking in some dance based stuff, Guru Josh sits totally out of place, sandwiched between The Verve and Keane! I was pleased to see the inclusion of Biffy Clyro, a fiesty indie anthem with a great energising chorus.
Lots of variety on this album, pop, dance, rock and alternative all covered nicely. Plus crammed with genuine big hits. If you like at least half of this stuff, it will be cost effective
The popular series of Now That's What I Call Music Compilation CDs has been running for many years now, and the sheer volume of music has risen to the point where you expect more than one 'Now' release per year. The most recent is Now 71, which features a lot of music from the back end of 2008.
The compilations essentially gather together a selection of the most popular music from the time it covers, and arranges them in a double CD format, the second CD tening to be slightly less mainstream and more erring towards the dance/hip hop route, or perhaps exploring some more cult musioc as opposed to the generalised frontline chart and pop music.
Now 71 has a very good selection of music. I spent a lot more time than in recent years listening to music at the end of last year, and perhaps this is why I prefer this compilation to previous ones. Disc 1 (23 tracks) is an outstanding selection of music, ranging from Girls Aloud's latest 'churn' (The Promise) to the smouldering track Sex On Fire from Kings of Leon. The Kid Rock track All Summer Long is a remake and more commercial fans will recognise the riffs that made Sweet Home Alabama so recognisable. Will Young's Changes and James Morrison's You Make It Real provide the male solo ballads, while the latter end of the CD features some more upbeat tracks such as Basshunter's Angel In The Night and Eric Prydz' Pjanoo. There is also a remix of Sash's Encore Une Fois, making this first CD go against the normal grain of Now CDs and feature some dancy and upbeat tracks on the first CD, whereas they would normally feature on the second.
The second disc (22 tracks) is equally as impressive, with a large part of the focus going towards the British bands, such as Coldplay (Viva La Vida), Snow Patrol (Take Back The City), Kaiser Chiefs (Never Miss A Beat), Razorlight (Wire To Wire) and Keane's Spiralling, although the powerful and instantly recognisable sounds of Taio Cruz's She's Like A Star and Duffy's Stepping Stone feature on here too. The main focus of this is bands, and there are plenty more tracks on here from artists such as The Ting Tings (sorry, can't stand them!) and Alphabeat, and The Verve's comeback track, Love Is Noise, is a very clever track vocally and well worth a listen.
Overall, the CDs mix well. It is good for the 'Now' music makers to recognise that to stick with the old format is no longer viable, and that as the music scene varies in terms of what becomes mainstream and popular and what fades a touch, it is important to adjust such compilations to conform with what is popular. I also think it's good to have placed a lot of the simialr sounding bands on the same disc, as fans of one will likely be fans of another. I think there are potentially only two tracks on the whole compilation I don't like, but can appreciate their appeal, and as such this is a brilliant compilation album for me. I highly recommend getting it. Now That's What I Call Music Volume 71 is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £11.98, or used copies from just under £9.
A great compliation CD set of the beast congs of the 2nd half of 2008. Now Thats What I Call Music 71 has music ranging from Girls Aloud to Pink to Chris Brown to Basshunter.
Everysong has been a top 10 single in the later stages of 2008 yet some more songs were released after this CD. These songs will surely be on Now Thats What I Call Music 72.
Personally my favourite song of all is Girls Aloud's "The Promise". It brings the music industry back in to the 60's with the drive in movies feel and twist to it.
I have personally been a big fan of the Now Thats What I Call Music for years now. It is a long running series of CDs and it is best to be bought if you want a variety of music of the best singles of that part of the year.
Personally I would buy them if I was you.
Compilation albums are really fighting a losing battle against personal music players. Just load all your songs onto your media player and it takes away the need for one of these CD's.
Music has gotten better in some respects in the last few years, we're getting a lot of new bands with a real music based sound, however we're still primarily getting choirs and singers.
The first disc of Now 71 is full of a pop and RnB mix with a dash of indie and rock thrown in for good measure. the second disc has more dance and club tracks on it. The double featured artist on this album is Katy Perry.
These albums try and appeal to everyone but in the process manage to only give people a limited selection of each style of music. If you like these songs you're better off logging onto itunes or getting the albums rather than a compilation collection since there'll be at least a third of the tracks that you won't like.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Girls Aloud - The Promise
2 Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
3 P!nk - So What
4 Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
5 Kid Rock - All Summer Long
6 Rihanna - Disturbia
7 Ne-Yo - Miss Independent
8 The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
9 Madcon - Beggin'
10 Chris Brown - Forever
11 Jennifer Hudson -Spotlight
12 James Morrison - You Make It Real
13 Will Young - Changes
14 Jordin Sparks - Tattoo
15 Geraldine - The Winners Song
16 Sugababes - Girls
17 The Saturdays - Up
18 Boyzone - Love You Anyway
19 Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
20 Sash! feat. Stunt - Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)
21 Basshunter - Angel In The Night
22 Eric Prydz - Pjanoo
23 Steve Mac - Paddy's Revenge
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Coldplay - Viva La Vida
2 The Script - The Man Who Can't Be Moved
3 Razorlight - Wire To Wire
4 Noah And The Whale - 5 Years Time
5 Iglu & Hartly - In This City
6 The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go
7 Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss A Beat
8 Snow Patrol - Take Back The City
9 The Verve - Love Is Noise
10 Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit)
11 Christian Falk feat. Robyn - Dream On
12 Duffy - Stepping Stone
13 Flobots - Handlebars
14 Keane - Spiralling
15 McFly - Lies
16 Alphabeat - Boyfriend
17 Biffy Clyro - Mountains
18 Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
19 Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me
20 Gym Class Heroes feat. The-Dream - Cookie Jar
21 Taio Cruz - She's Like A Star
22 Platnum - Love Shy (Thinking About You)