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Now That's What I Call Music! 19

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Now That's What I Call Music! 19 Music Poster Image
A bit better than its lackluster predecessors.

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age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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Positive Messages

A couple of violent images.


Some suggestive material.


Edited, so no problem.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though the songs are edited, there's still just a sprinkling of sexual and violent imagery.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byskybrett April 9, 2008
i think this is a good cd if your kid likes different songs and you don't have to go out and buy all the cd's. it is up beat and all around ok. i don... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytvplaystation April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written bynintendo_freak_13 April 9, 2008

Better than 18, but loaded with terrible rap.

I personally only like the first few and last 7 or 8 songs on this CD. The middle is all just terrible rap. I hate rap. There's not much to worry about... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nineteen releases in, the folks who bring us the NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series have finally figured out how to sequence an album. NOW! 19 delivers 20 recent hits in an excellent dance-friendly compilation that ends up sounding greater than the sum of its parts, due to song order and track choices. The party starts off with a bang, with Gwen Stefani's \"Holabeck Girl,\" and perks along through Will Smith's \"Switch\" and Amerie's \"1 Thing\" and Ciara's \"Oh,\" featuring a cameo by Ludacris. For the slow dance, Bobby Valentino sings the romantic soul ballad \"Slow Down.\"

Is it any good?

Other artists, including Brooke Valentine, Destiny's Child, Shakira, Coldplay, and Gorillaz, put their best dancing feet forward and keep the fun-factor high. The track by Keith Urban ("Making Memories of Us," the obligatory nod to country music) contributes some quite enjoyable schlock. Overall, this is a rare example of a compilation fulfilling its promise to present the best of a variety of artists, in a variety of musical styles. Far from perfect, NOW! 19 is still way more fun than its lackluster predecessors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that these compilations make it possible for younger siblings to listen to popular artists along with the big kids. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

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