Now That’s What I Call Music! 12

// July 1st, 2018 // Justin Timberlake
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Now ~ Now That’s What I Call Music! 1The pop music business just goes ‘round in circles, with cohesive, track-deep albums once again taking a back seat to uber-marketed pop star singles. But Virgin’s Now That’s What I Call Music! series of hit compilations have given consumers a smart avenue for having it both ways. This 21-track collection revolves around a hip-hop dominated, groove-savvy collection of 2002 chart fodder that kicks off with the smartly segued duo of Jay-Z/Beyonce Knowles’ “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” and B2K/P/ Diddy’s “Bump, Bump, Bump,” and J-Lo’s slinky “Jenny From the Block” before showcasing a strong slate of urban vets (LL Cool J, Snoop Dog, Nas) and newcomers like Nivea and Nelly. The latter’s “Air Force Ones” is a playful standout. But Telepopmusik’s dreamy electro-pop hit cum Mitsubishi car commercial icon “Breath” also heralds the collection’s turn into more expansive territory that spans some nouveau R&B, the energetic contemporary country, and bright pop. The bracing modern rock of Chevelle, Saliva, and 3 Doors Down bring up the rear, echoing the genre’s general fade from prominence. –Jerry McCulley

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3 Responses to “Now That’s What I Call Music! 12”

  1. A. Mefford says:

    Great Series I started buying the Now! series a while back and have been very happy with it. I continue to buy each new release as they come. If you enjoy Pop music or have kids that do, this is a great collection.I am generally against compilation albums, but there are several reasons I like this compilation:Music is edited versions where necessary making the disks family friendlyThe songs are the real artistsThe mixes are generally the one you are used to.The…

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