Now That's What I Call Music 16

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Unimpressive collection with a few great songs.

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Positive Messages

"Now That's What I Call Misogyny" on several of the songs.

Violence

A couple of unsettling images.

Sex

There's a lot of innuendo, some explicit sexuality.

Language

Edited songs allow omitted words to be very obvious.

Consumerism

"As Seen On TV" sticker on shrink-wrap; a brand name or two.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to specific drugs, drinking, and getting high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the 16th in the series of compilations of recent hits geared to younger teens, and it continues the grand tradition of cheerfully danceable misogyny.

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What's the story?

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 16 contains a couple of terrific songs that happen to be huge hits, but we've all heard \"Hey Ya!\" so many times by now that its only purpose in this context is to make the others sound weak by comparison.

Is it any good?

The song order is as thoughtless as ever: Dreary ballads by Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, the two least capable singers on the album, are next to each other, a terrible setup for Hoobastank's "The Reason," also a ballad. Dead center in the mix, this sequence alone will send all but the most diehard fans either to snoozeland or the "skip" button.

The predictable hip-hop and pop tracks that follow are familiar and unremarkable, cheerfully misogynistic and mostly danceable. Things pick up somewhat at the end with a couple of interesting choices: "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys boasts a wonderfully bluesy lead vocal, and "Redneck Women" by Gretchen Wilson is catchy and fun, one of the few country hits to be included in this series. Despite a couple of gems, all of which would be easy to find elsewhere, this compilation is pretty weak. It might be more fun to find some more interesting dance tunes and make your own compilation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good dance mix. Come up with a list of your favorite dance tracks and arrange your own mix.

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