Now 72 may have been released nearly 4 years ago, but it does sound like another world, in contrast to the current trends in pop music nowadays- more like Now That was Interesting, from a pop music perspective.
CD 1 is okay, in terms of the width and breath of pop music at the time, ranging from the likes of Lady Gaga's top-notch collaboration with Colby O'Donis to Alexandra Burke faithful, yet remaining inferior, version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah. But there is not much substance to withstand repeated hearings, unless you do not mind hearing Alesha Dixon's That Boy Does Nothing several times.
CD 2 delivers an interesting mixture of rock, pop, dance, and everything else in between. Even the novelty of Islands in the Stream does not sound too annoying, particularly amongst the likes of The Killers' Human, Noisettes' anthemic Don't Upset the Rhythm), and even MGMT's instant indie classic Kids. There are even surprisingly excellent contributions from the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Metro Station, and Daniel Merriweather, who appears twice with a track from Wiley (Cash in My Pocket) and a superior collaboration with Wale.
Now 72 offer an interesting spectrum of pop from the late 2000s; but CD 1 does let it down, to the lowest common denominator, with its uninspiring selection of tracks.