Now That's What I Call Music! 15

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A few interesting songs, but not much fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some of the songs celebrate sexism, others are very socially conscious.

Violence

Nothing much.

Sex

A lot of innuendo on some of the songs.

Language

It's REALLY obvious which words have been edited out.

Consumerism

Commercialism is the whole point of these CDs, isn't it?

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drinking and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because we've all heard these songs so many times, it might be easy not to notice the sexism that abounds in some of them. But it's still worth pointing out to your teens.

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What's the story?

Greatest-hits compilations are usually terrific fun because, well, the songs are usually hugely popular for a reason. NOW! 15 includes 20 recent mega-hits by artists as diverse as Chingy and Norah Jones, yet manages to achieve a level of tedium that is extraordinary for a \"greatest hits\" CD.

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Part of the problem is the sequencing, which seems haphazard and thoughtless. Part of it is the sameness of over-processed R&B hits, and part of it is an ethos of blatant and tiresome sexism that appears, over and over again, dressed up in different outfits. Low points are "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "With You" by Jessica Simpson, two very pretty women who simply can't sing.

High points are "Feeling This" by blink-182, "Sunrise" by Norah Jones, and "Everything" by Fefe Dobson, with slightly more interesting vocal and musical arrangements. Ludacris, Chingy, and Snoop Dogg provide the usual dose of potty-mouthed humor to keep us all from falling completely asleep. Overall, this is one of the weaker offerings in the series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many popular songs contain such derogatory portrayals of women.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:March 23, 2004
Label:Capitol
Genre:Compilation
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byElmoRock3113 April 9, 2008
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Ehhhh....

This CD isn't that great. It includes some hit songs that some parents wouldn't want their kids to hear. There is some rap on this CD which I don't like, because in my opinion isn't music, it's fast talking with some swear words thrown in. I wouldn't recommend this to people becuase it just didn't have any qualities that stood out.
Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008
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meh

Ok, let me get this straight...the Swear words are edited out, so that younger kids who don't know them won't learn them, and older kids who know them already know not to use them..and that's still explicit? well, gee, that makes no sense at all. there is some sexism here, but not really a lot, but the CD realy isn't very good. it's got a bunch of songs from a bunch of genres. and unless you like every song on this disc, it'd be much cheaper to just buy the original songs that you like off itunes, or any other Music site.

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