Now That's What I Call Music! 19

Common Sense Media says

A bit better than its lackluster predecessors.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

A couple of violent images.


Some suggestive material.


Edited, so no problem.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 25, 2005
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytvplaystation April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Kid, 8 years old July 15, 2011

rip off sluters

where paying for the same crapshack every time
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byskybrett April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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't mind listing to it with them, and it's not my kinda music,


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