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Now That's What I Call 2009! (or Now this is more like it!)
on 2 April 2010
As with the previous reviewers, the single major problem to my mind with this album is that the emphasis is significantly on 2009 tracks, given its marketed as the 00's, it would be more appropriate to rechristen it as above. I also bought this album with a view to acquiring a lot of those tracks that I've happened to like without the cost and expense of paying for entire albums from the artists involved. This is the main strength of the Now Series, though I've only occassionally bought one since Now 45 or so. Unlike its regularly released series however, this CD set thrives on the variety and quantity of hits.
I'm rather eclectic in my music and I'm relieved this particular album addresses a broad church of music, such as Sam Sparro's Black and Gold, Tony Christie's Amarillo, Mika's Grace Kelly, even Fragma's Toca Miracle. A lot of the pop music in the ordinary numbered Now series tends to lean towards the R&B on one CD and maybe more on the Indie side for the second disc, with a scattering of solo artists or rising stars or just something rock that has broken into the mainstream, leaving precious room (usually tracks 17-20 or so) to some vague unknown groups that I'm sure most people wouldn't recognise, which is weird to be included alongside the biggest names in pop music at the moment.
These CDs will always usually suffer from "Oh I've already got that track" or that you don't particularly like one artist or another, so I usually am cautious when purchasing a Now album these days in case of buying a remix of a previous album. I'm glad to be proven wrong by this particular compilation album which leaves me feeling that I don't already own 90% of the tracks and that I've heard of and can even recall the lyrics of the majority of the songs as I look down the list.
Overall Now albums seem to be a "Marmite" phenomenon and this is an instance I really love the album! An excellent buy if you find you like at least 40 of the tracks!