Now That's What I Call Music! 21

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Now That's What I Call Music! 21 Music Poster Image
Better than average for the series. Teens and up.

Parents say

Not yet rated

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages
Violence
Sex

Some innuendo, nothing really explicit.

Language

One or two questionable words...

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

One or two references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's some sexual innuendo, mild profanity, and a few references to drugs and alcohol.

User Reviews

Adult Written bytredmer April 9, 2008

Watch out

To be honest I didn't listen to the whole cd. The first 30 seconds of the first song was enough to know that this Cd was not coming into my house. The wo... Continue reading
Adult Written byPoptartpm April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Love it!!!

I love this cd they have all my fave songs on it,it's the best!!! some material is rather mature so be sure that you know what your kids aresingging along... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byReviewsandFun8910 August 28, 2013

Nice CD.

Now That's What I Call Music is a wonderful CD. I like the varity. If there is a song on the CD I don't like, there are plenty of others.

What's the story?

Following a predictable pattern, NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 21 starts off with some strong R&B and hip-hop, blasts through a few pop ballads and rock tunes, and delivers the one obligatory country hit ("Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins). It's a formula that works pretty well this time around, with some very good songs and better-than-usual sequencing. Danceable and mostly innocuous, the compilation offers a sampling of current hits and delivers a wider variety of musical styles than many of the others in the series. Also, once again we are, thankfully, in a Jessica/Britney-free zone.

Is it any good?

Even though the CD is edited, there's some sexual innuendo and just a wisp of strong language. Still, these collections make it possible for younger siblings to enjoy the music their big brothers and sisters like without being hit over the head with a ton of questionable content. High points are Rihanna's "If It's Lovin' That You Want," Natasha Bedingfield's gospel-tinged "Unwritten," and T-Pain's "I'm Sprung," featuring truly gorgeous vocal harmonies. Overall, Now! 21 is one of the stronger offerings in the Now That's What I Call Music! series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the variety of musical and singing styles, and discuss whether or not downloads will replace CDs like this in a few years.

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