Coldplay, Gorillaz, Oasis, err Crazy Frog? Yes, it can only be volume 61 of the ever-popular Now series with yet another bumper 2cd edition of 43 top chart hits - as says at the back, and as always a debatable topic - mind you 7 no 1's is nothing to be sniffed at, even though the frog and Mcfly are amongst the batch (sigh).
The inescapable (and recent US no.1) You're Beautiful kicks things off here with the summer smash from James Blunt and is followed by the excellent Ghetto Gospel, Speed Of Sound and Feel Good Inc which opens up cd1 in brilliant style, a rarity of some kind in recent editions. Black Eyed Peas, Audio Bullys, Bodyrockers, Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-fi, Rob Thomas etc keep up the pace for the majority of the album, but dear oh dear - cd2 (gulp).
Mario's Let Me Love You, Will Smith's Switch, Gwen Stefani's Rich Girl are all bright sparks on an otherwise infuriating side 2, with Nasty Girl, Lonely, Roc Ya Body and So Good facing the wrath of this particular reviewer and less said about that poxy amphibian the better - who actually bought that mess?
But Tony Christie's 70's classic (no, not Amarillo) Avenues And Alleyways and Heather Small's hope song to end all hope songs Proud are all nice touches to finish off on a somewhat rewarding note - but my god, the songs you have to endure to get there!!