Now That's What I Call Music! 17

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Positive Messages

Some of the songs are pretty sexist.


Some violent imagery.


Some sexual references.


Obvious obscenities have been edited.


Several brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Here and there.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this includes edited versions of recent hits for younger ears. This time the producers seem to be going for a little more variety.

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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Get another cd....

Franz Ferdinand is a great band... I feel sorry they have to be put on one of these compilations of bland music. Well atleast they are getting recognized, the o... Continue reading

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What's the story?

By the time NOW! 17 rolls around to track 12, the overwrought \"Angels,\" in which Jessica Simpson's voice tries to approximate a breathy, nasal melody, you'll be longing for the oomph of earlier tracks by the Beastie Boys, the Black Eyed Peas, or even Lil' Flip and Lea's sexist and sexy duet, \"Sunshine.\" Like the other Now That's What I Call Music! compilations, #17 presents 20 recent hits with little thought to interesting sequencing and very few surprises.

Is it any good?

Musical high points are not necessarily the "safest" songs on the CD. The Jadakiss track, "Why," offers vivid social commentary and exquisite production along with some strong imagery. The next track, "Locked Up" by Akon with Styles P., an interesting morality tale about incarceration, sounds thin and tedious by comparison.

The mix of songs aims for more musical variety than on the past few in the series, and that's NOW 17's strongest point. Along with the usual intense sequence of hip-hop followed by limpid pop, there's hard rock ("Cold" by Crossfade) and some interesting songs by Switchfoot, Finger Eleven, Franz Ferdinand, and Bowling for Soup. Gretchen Wilson and Keith Urban deliver a strong country-rock finale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the broad variety in this mix. Did you discover any new (to you) songs that you like?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: November 9, 2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Compilation
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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