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Now - The 60th Edition Is Finally Upon Us (3.5 stars)
on 3 April 2006
The best of the best (although some may argue the worst of the worst) of the chart world arrives at us in the form of the 60th (has it really been around that long?) edition of the world-famous Now series and when its good, its very, very good but of course, when its bad...
cd 1 starts off with the spectacular (if slightly old) What You Waiting For by Gwen, Sunset Strippers' Falling Stars and Kylie's christmas no2 I Believe In You. No1's from Mcfly (the cheese-tastic Comic relief single All About You) and Nelly feat. Tim Mcgraw with Over And Over follow with other chart-toppers on the album from Ciara with the awful Goodies and Girls Aloud with the cringing I'll Stand By You. (what will the Pretenders say, let alone neighbours).
Top tracks from the likes of LL Cool j, Ashanti, The Lovefreekz, Soul Central, Scissor Sisters and Shapeshifters add to the overall decent quality of the opening disc with only Joss Stone, Verbalicious and Akon providing the unpleasantries (and i use that term loosely).
CD2 kicks off with the oldie- but-goodie Vertigo by the never-ending (and i mean that in a good way) u2, the brilliant (and argubly the best track on the complilation) Somebody Told Me by The Killers, Stereophonics' storming Dakota (their first and so far, only no1 - who'd have phunk it?), Keane and Bloc party. Athlete's first apperarance on the album, Wires, The Doves comeback single-of-sorts Black And White Town, The Bravery's Honest Mistake and Feeder's Tumble And Fall round off the highlights of the second disc - but marks off for pairing them alongside Atomic Kitten, Brian McFadden, and, god help us all, Darius - but hey who am i to argue when the first-week sales figures roll in?
Is This The Way To Amarillo brings an end to Easter 2005's annual pop conpendium with the best-selling single of the year and what a classic it is - so until next time, sha-la-la.. hmm on second thoughts maybe not.