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I love this album as it takes me back to my youth!
CD 1 features more "poppy" hits from the likes of Melanie C, Craig David, The Vengaboys and Britney Spears. Overall there's a good selection of hits on this album. A few of the songs were new to me but most of the songs I was already familar with and the album is an enjoyable listen. The album contains a mixture of both upbeat tracks and ballads. You usually associate The Vengaboys with dance hits but the Now team have decided to put one of their "ballads" on here. I say "ballad" as it still contains a dance beat but it's a lot slower than their previous songs. This song is Sha La La La La (you know which one I mean!) and it's actually a good song! I also love Fill Me In by Craig David and Rise by Gabrielle.
I have no idea why the team included Ooh Stick You on here, remember Daphe and Celeste anyone? This song is pathetic, it does not deserve a place on Now 45! Anyway, CD 2 is just as good with a good selection of dance numbers. I love Toca's Miracle (it's the original version too) and Don't Give Up. Most of these songs were popular in the early 2000s. There's a few number ones on here too. Oh, I love Rewind too.
The album contains a mixture of different genres so there's something for everyone on here. Apart from Ooh Stick You it's a perfect compilation from back in the day.
Now 45 - it's worth buying for it's cheap price tag.
This album brings back some fond memories and some I would rather banish. Let us inspect the highs and lows of this Now album.
Melanie C's 'Never Be The Same Again' is a classy move away from the sound of the Spice Girls, helped along by a meaningful rap from the late Lisa Lopes, the song has some profound lyrics and a charming melody to wash over you.
Aqua's 'Cartoon Heroes' is all rather good fun, as Lene and Rene battle it out on lead vocals and invigorate the song with some playful lyrics and the usual selection of Aquaisms, expect catchy hooks, an upbeat chorus and lavish production, an under rated and annoying pop song it is.
The questionably titled 'Won't Take It Lying Down' instantly raises concerns about the suitability of these women in the charts; clearly depraved vixens who should be kept on a leash! The song is a moody and sensual affair which is all about female empowerment and you know the rest, diva strops, etc.
On a dance tip, check out Fragma's 'Toca's Miracle' which conjures up images of Ibiza sunsets and long summer nights with the brilliant trance vibe. Sash! goes all foreign again on 'Adelante' as some accordians let rip over some pulsating basslines and if that hasn't excited you, then Lock N' Load do some serious damage with 'Blow Y Mind' as a catchy hook nags over and over a swung beat.
There are some songs worth avoiding too. Gabrielle's 'Rise' must surely be the most boring record ever invented, excepting all her other singles of course. Boyzone are aptly places at the end of the disc with a downbeat ballad, one to play when you have no zest for life left.
Kelis's 'Caught Out There' is far too shouty and full of attitude to make me want to play it twice, while in the opposite direction, Martine McClutchinatstraws makes even dishwater seem suddenly very exciting.
The album crams on 45 songs and has the usual artwork. I think it is time to glam the artwork up. Let's have a picture of Gabrielle wearing just her eye patch and Tom Jones (who also features) in a leather bodysuit.
Now 45 was the first of three Now That's What I Call Music compilations to be released in the year 2000. The first year of the Noughties, as we know them, follows the usual mold of the Now releases, with the first disc containing the more poppy numbers and the second containing most of the dance tracks involved in the album.
Disc 1 (22 tracks) kicks off with a number of relaxing ballads, such as Gabrielle's Rise and Craig David's Fill Me In. I like the majority of the tracks on here, but I do question the inclusion of tracks such as Montell Jordan's Get It On Tonite and Precious' Rewind. A lot of the music on this album brings back fond memories from the time, although these two tracks seem out of place. The disc doesn't seem particularly strong, however, although I think this is more a sign of the fact that there was so much good music at the turn of the new millenium and it makes it hard for some tracks to stand out amongst others. That having been said, some extremely catchy tracks from Aqua and the Vengaboys, as well as the very emotional Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely by the Backstreet Boys bring the memories back strongly.
Disc 2 (23 tracks), is perhaps my least favourite disc out of the 2. I recognise the majority of the tracks, such as Toca's Miracle by Fragma and The Time Is Now by Moloko, although some of the tracks I couldn't remember such as Precocious Brats' Big Girl (with Harry Enfield's Kevin and Perry featuring), and Robbie Williams' It's Only Us managed to completely pass me by! However, some top choices include Re-rewind from Craig David and the Thong Song from Sisqo. The remainder of the tracks are okay.
Overall, this isn't one of the best Now CDs throughout the years, but I do enjoy listening to it. Even though I don't recognise some of the tracks on the second disc and probably don't agree with them being on this compilation, they are good tracks and I do like them. I personally believe the series stopped being quite as effective when the frequency of their releases increased, and we started seeing 3 or so within a year. If 2000 had produced just two compilations, I believe the 'competition' for places would have been fiercer and the overall quality of the 'best' tracks on the album would have been that much higher. Now 45 is available currently from amazon.co.uk for £1.09, although this is a used copy.
Maybe you have noticed I have been doing a rather few reviews of the Now series. So I’ll keep going – backwards! Now 45 was the start of 2000 Now covering the songs of late 1999, and new hits of 2000. Once again, I’ll start with Disc Two as it is boring, and I usually run out of steam by then! Disc Two’s major songs come in the form of #1’s from Chicane and Fragma. Both these are good, not great, but good songs. Basically they are dance, but are poppy enough to be liked by a wider group. Now I sadly can’t go through the order of Disc Two as it is so boring and is my most un listened to Disc from any Now I have. Kelis, Artful Dodger f/Craig David and Sash! are the only really average songs on here. There are some other forgettable, but not bad, songs. The album ends with a weird mix from Robbie Williams (“Its Only Us” – a very average song), The Tamperer – who own the best song on the Disc, Blink 182’s great tune “All The Small Things”, the stupid Hamster song and John Lennon. Basically 4 songs on here that are good. Out of 23. On to Disc One! Its quite a goody, but no a greaty! We start with four #1’s – Gabrielle’s “Rise”, Mel C’s brilliant “Never Be The Same Again:, Craig David’s grower “Fill Me In” and Britney’s catchy “Born To Make You Happy”. The next few songs aren’t bad with Lene Marlin being the standout, with songs appealing to different groups from Backstreet Boys, Tom Jones/Stereophonics, Shania Twain and Geri Halliwell. Now we come into a rather cheesy group. S Club 7’s average “You’re my Number One”, as well as Vengaboys, Aqua, Daphne And Celeste and Atomic Kitten. Not maybe the most brilliant songs, should’ve been delegated to disc two. We end with some good tunes though. In a run we get Madison Avenue’s #1 ‘Don’t Cal
l Me Baby”, Martine’s nice “Love Me”, Steps’s catchy “Say You’ll Be Mine”, Honeyz “Won’t Take It Lying Down” and the most underrated song of all time – “Rewind” by Precious. Boyzone are boring, but Fierce aren’t bad to end the disc. Overall, Disc One starts great, hits a bad patch, then gets back to form. Full of pop gems, a nice disc to have in your collection. Probably is a little too poppy for some. Disc two is boring and way to dancey. Maybe they should have mixed them together? If you like your chart hits, and to get a couple of CD’s filled with them – this is for you. Also if you wanna flash back to 2000 – it’s a great reminder. Check out the listing and decide.
Now 45 was the lastest in a long line of the countries most popular compilation album. Now of course there is a new one out, but that doesn't meant that the old one is useless, especially if it can be found at a knock down price somewhere. The track list is great, disc one is more pop-stylee whereas disc 2 is slightly more dance orientated. Disc one features the likes of S-Club 7, Mel C, Britney Spears and Craig David. In short the usual fare for this type of CD. Disc two has a more varied selection, including Chicane, Fragma, Sash , ATB and Watergate, aswell as Blink 182 and Robbie Williams. Nothing special or unusual but it does a lot less rubbish than previous editions, the only notable piece of tosh being Kevin & Perry's 'Big Girl'. This isnt my style of music, too much pop, but if its what you like then you should get it, you get 45 tracks all for £15. Or of course you could download them all on MP3 for free. But is that morally right??
I now now 45, is a bit out of date, but many of the featured songs are still chart faves, somthing for everybody on the compilation. For once there seems to be a good selection on all sides instead of one good and one bad. Gabrielle, brittney spears, tom jones , shania twain, s club 7, vengaboys, steps, atb, robbie williams. I could go on for ever. its one of my favourite compilations even though i dont normally go for the now series this one is great.
Now 45 is a perfect album with a great choice songs on including Craig David:Fill me in, Lene Marlin:Sitting down here, Fragma:Tocas Miracle, Sisqo:Thong song, Watergate:Heart of Asia and Kevin and Perry:Big girl. These are just a few of the 45 great hit songs on the album. Fantastic music to listen to at home or on a boring journey. This album can be bought at any good leading music stores like Virgin or Our Price. I have got this album and i love it and i listen to it all the time. I recomend this album to anyone that like modern pop music and has the money.
"NOW! 45" is an excellent compilation album. 45 recent and up-and-coming chart hits are featured, many being no. 1s, for example "Never Be The Same Again" by Mel C and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, "Fill Me In" by Craig David, "Rise" by Gabrielle and the current no. 1 "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma. These are some of my favourite songs on this CD. The NOW! series are always of excellent quality and always feature big chart hits, never "fillers". There is an exceptionally wide variety of music, ranging from garage hits such as "Movin' Too Fast", "Re-Rewind" and "Fill Me In" to teenage pop such as "Say You'll Be Mine" by Steps and "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua to ballads such as "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" by the Backstreet Boys. As always with NOW! compilations, there is something to please everbody here, and so this is a very worthy purchase for any fan of chart music and one which everybody should have in their collection.
It started out well - since 1983 Now has been producing consistent compilations of the chart's biggest songs. But as the years rolled on, the compilation market has been growing dramatically and tailoring it's output to certain genres: there are now specific albums for indie, rock etc. As a consequence, Now 45 seems more intent on focusing purely on pop. This is a shame since this album lacks the diversity of previous additions to the series. Also, it excludes some of theis year's best single releases such as All Saints' 'Pure Shores', the Manics' 'The Masses Against the Classes' and Madonna's rendition of 'American Pie'. No doubt this has something to do with certain record companies not wanting to undermine sales of their singles, which is fair enough although in previous years there have never really been this many gaping holes. Of course there are always a few good songs which seem to slip through the "Now"-net. On this album they would probably be those by the wonderful ad-man, Moby, who gives us one of his best 'Natural Blues', 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' [Tom Jones/Stereophonics] and the punk-rock Blink 182's 'All the Small Things'. However, the less we hear of Chicane and Bryan Adams, the better. Oh, and is there really any need to include the karaoke of 'Killer 2000'?. Adamski, Seal and George Michael have already released better versions, and there are newer songs out there which could have been included. Buy with caution.
The familiar "Now" series brings to us, another release. For me, the first CD was a disappointment, with songs by artists such as "Aqua", "Honeyz" and "S Club 7". Where as CD 2 has songs such as "Toca's Miracle" and "Movin' Too Fast". It definately offers something for everyone, from Mel C to John Lennon. Apart from the many well-known songs on the CDs, there are a few obscure and less well known songs. Check the listings before you purchase to avoid disappointment, and look around for other compilations.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Rise - Gabrielle
2 Never Be The Same Again - Melanie C feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
3 Fill Me In - Craig David
4 Born To Make You Happy - Britney Spears
5 Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely - Backstreet Boys
6 Sitting Down Here - Lene Marlin
7 Mama Told Me Not To Come - Tom Jones & The Stereophonics
8 Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
9 Bag It Up - Geri Halliwell
10 You're My Number One - S Club 7
11 Cartoon Heroes - Aqua
12 Shalala Lala - Vengaboys
13 Ooh Stick You - Daphne & Celeste
14 See Ya - Atomic Kitten
15 Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue
16 Love Me - Martine McCutcheon
17 Say You'll Be Mine - Steps
18 Won't Take It Lying Down - Honeyz
19 Rewind - Precious
20 Get It On Tonite - Montell Jordan
21 Sweet Love 2K - Fierce
22 Every Day I Love You More - Boyzone
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Don't Give Up - Chicane feat. Bryan Adams
2 Toca's Miracle - Fragma
3 The Time Is Now - Moloko
4 Re-rewind When The Crowd Say Bo Selecta - Artful Dodger feat. Craig David
5 A Little Bit Of Luck - DJ Luck & MC Neat
6 Thong Song - Sisgo
7 Money - Jamelia feat. Beenie Man
8 Caught Out There - Kelis
9 Movin' Too Fast - Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson
10 In Your Arms (Rescue Me) - Nu Generation
11 Bingo Bango - Basement Jaxx
12 Killer 2000 - ATB
13 Adelante - Sash!
14 Heart Of Asia - Watergate
15 Everybody - Progress presents The Boy Wunda
16 Blow Ya Mind - Lock 'N' Load
17 Big Girl - Precocious Brats feat. Harry Enfield & Kathy Burke
18 Hammer To The Heart - The Tamperer feat. Maya
19 C vs I - Cuban Boys
20 It's Only Us - Robbie Williams
21 All The Small Things - Blink 182
22 Natural Blues - Moby
23 Imagine - John Lennon