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A mixed bag, probably like all the Now compilations
on 8 November 2008
With 45 tracks (and available for 2.99 pounds at "another online retailer" as I type this), it would churlish to not admit that this compilation is pretty good value if you can find it at a cheap price. Unfortunately, double CD various artists compilations often suffer from "mixed bag syndrome" and this one is no different. It covers quite a wide range of musical styles, so there's bound to be at least 5 or 6 tracks here that please everyone (although not necessarily the same 5 or 6!).
So whilst I think "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'", "Chasing Cars" and "Never Be Lonely" are clear standouts for me, other people might prefer other selections. I can't really give the compilation high marks though, because there are some stinkers (Hasselhoff shouting nonsense? Really?!) and the Now folks have pulled a "double fast one" with the El Chombo track.
Yep, El Chombo's "Chacarron" track is not only drivel (complete with someone wailing like they've got indigestion), it should also be disqualified from this compilation of "45 chart hits" that the back cover of Now 65 claims. Why? Well, Now 65 was released on 20 Nov 2006 and Chacaroon was released on 11 Dec 2006 - how can something be a "chart hit" when it's not even been released yet?! Smacks of record company promotion to me and Now should be ashamed, but for all I know, they've pulled this not-yet-released trick on earlier Now releases, so people are used it, but I think it's just a con...