What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as this series has grown up, so has its contents. This is definitely a wannabe CD for kids who want to listen to what the big kids do.
What's the story?
To those who thought NOW! 12's emphasis on rap and hip-hop squeezed out good rock, this collection should come as a pleasant surprise.
Is it any good?
Yes, there is plenty of rap, such as edited versions of club hits like Joe Budden's "Pump It Up." But the album ranges more widely than its most recent predecessors, including mellow pop like "Feel," Robbie Williams' sensitive ballad, and Daniel Bedingfield's popular "If You're Not The One." Rock choices also run the gamut, from the folky "Big Yellow Taxi" and the upbeat "Girl All The Bad Guys Want," to edgier tracks like "The Hell Song" and "Send The Pain Below." There's also "Stuck" from Stacie Orrico, who has origins in Christian rock.
This "something-for-everyone" philosophy may cause some listeners to press the skip button more than they'd like. But as a sampler of recent hits, the album is eminently playable.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the diversity of the material. Do you find yourself skipping a lot of tracks, or are you stretching your musical boundaries?