Now That's What I Call Music! 14

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Now That's What I Call Music! 14 Music Poster Image
Lackluster compilation doesn't deliver much.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There's Bow Wow's sexist posturing, of course. The "N" word is used once, but in the Black Eyed Peas' anthem to peace, love, and understanding.

Violence

The only violence is decried on The Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love."

Sex

There's just enough explicit sexuality for parents of sensitive kids (or sensitive parents) to take note.

Language

There are offensive words in a couple of the songs.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious, except for the entire project.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a compilation of recent hits targeted to tweens and young teens that contains no surprises. The fact that we've all heard these songs a million times may dilute the power of the innuendo in some of the lyrics.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

More Now Junk!?!

Now is an awful compilation. No good music on here to waste your money. I mean rap plus Simple Plan plus Good Charlotte plus Avril equals a horrible comp.
Teen, 16 years old Written bysexcpunk November 26, 2008

What's the story?

Yawn. We've heard it all before, from Bow Wow's ridiculous sexist posturing on "Let's Get Down" to Fountains of Wayne's perky Oedipal longing on "Stacy's Mom." Of course, that's the whole point of a hits compilation, isn't it? There are no surprises on NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 14. The most sexually suggestive songs are "In Those Jeans" by Ginuwine, "Thoia Thoing" by R. Kelly, and "My Love is Like... Wo" by Mya featuring Missy Elliott. The Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake deliver a strong (and strongly worded) anthem to peace on "Where is the Love?" -- actually one of the high points.

Is it any good?

There is some fine singing throughout, notably on Jagged Edge's gospel-lite-influenced "Walked Outta Heaven," Stacie Orrico's "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" -- a refreshing little message song about how there's gotta be more to life than chasing down every temporary high -- and Nickelback's "Someday." Potentially offensive moments in other tracks may be diluted by familiarity. Overall, this lackluster compilation doesn't deliver much of a kick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the sexual messages contained in songs such as Chingy's "Right Thurr" and R. Kelly's "Thoia Thoing."

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