What's the Now That's What I Call Music series got to do with a year like 2002? Sure, the biggies--from Nelly to No Doubt--rode new hit material that's featured here. But during the same year, piano-playing wunderkind Nora... more »h Jones wowed listeners with a mellow new marriage of pop and jazz. And the Dixie Chicks closed out a long legal battle and presented a down-home traditional country record that topped the charts. Now 11 is the CD equivalent of a mix tape that bounces from big, urban beats and rhymes to laid-back electro-pop chill to coolly groundbreaking piano-driven melodies. Norah, the Chicks, and Coldplay all push Now in a more adult-oriented direction, one where beats take a backseat to acoustic instrumentation and sincere lyrics. Then there's the notably sultry, full-blossomed "I Care 4 U" from Aaliyah, which stands as a fine tribute to the late singer. --Andrew Bartlett« less
What's the Now That's What I Call Music series got to do with a year like 2002? Sure, the biggies--from Nelly to No Doubt--rode new hit material that's featured here. But during the same year, piano-playing wunderkind Norah Jones wowed listeners with a mellow new marriage of pop and jazz. And the Dixie Chicks closed out a long legal battle and presented a down-home traditional country record that topped the charts. Now 11 is the CD equivalent of a mix tape that bounces from big, urban beats and rhymes to laid-back electro-pop chill to coolly groundbreaking piano-driven melodies. Norah, the Chicks, and Coldplay all push Now in a more adult-oriented direction, one where beats take a backseat to acoustic instrumentation and sincere lyrics. Then there's the notably sultry, full-blossomed "I Care 4 U" from Aaliyah, which stands as a fine tribute to the late singer. --Andrew Bartlett
"I compiled a list of the CDs with its peak chart position on the billboard hot 100. this one looks alot more "hit-worthy" than totally hits 2002.1. Hot In Herre - Nelly--#1 (7 weeks)
2. Nothin' - N.O.R.E.--#10
3. Gangsta Lovin' - Eve/Alicia Keys-#2
4. Feel It Boy - Beenie Men & Janet-#32
5. Days Go By - Dirty Vegas--#14
6. Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue--#23
7. Objection (Tango) - Shakira--#55
8. Underneath It All - No Doubt--#3 (still climbing)
9. Bare Naked - Jennifer Love Hewitt--DIDNT CHART
10. Ordinary Day - Vanessa Carlton--#31
11. Landslide - Dixie Chicks--#20 (still climbing)
12. I Care 4 U - Aaliyah--#16
13. Stingy - Ginuwine--#33
14. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones--#55 (still climbing)
15. Hero - Chad Kroeger & Joesy Scott--#3
16. Running Away - Hoobastank--#45
17. In My Place - Coldplay--DID NOT CHART
18. One Last Breath - Creed--#6
19. Somewhere Out There - Our Lady Peace--#49
20. Everyday - Bon Jovi --DID NOT CHART"
They Keep Getting Worse
Aaron | Ohio, USA | 03/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When the "Now" series first started, I was a big fan. The first "Now" CD was terrific and they were all pretty good up until about Now 8. Ever since that one, they've gone downhill. Don't get me wrong. Now 11 isn't a complete flop. It still has its moments...1. Hot In Herre: (2/5) Blah. One of the most horrible and overplayed songs of last year. How did this stinker ever get to #1? I'm so sick of rap, I could barf.2. Nothin: (2/5) So far, not off to a good start. Why'd they kick it off with rap tracks?3. Gansta Lovin: (2.5/5) Overplayed and wasn't that great to begin with. Eve just trying to copy the success of "Let Me Blow Your Mind."4. Feel It Boy: (3/5) It's nice to hear from Janet and the song really isn't that bad. An ok addition and nice summer song.5. Days Go By: (3/5) At least it's not rap. Cool sort pf trance song, but nothing special. 6. Love At First Sight: (5/5) FINALLY a decent track. Kylie's second smash dance single of last year is peppy and upbeat and one of the best tracks here *if not THE best.*7. Objection: (4/5) Wasn't as big as Shakira's previous two hits which is a shame because it's a good song. Love the instrumentals.8. Underneath It All: (5/5) A huge hit for No Doubt was overplayed, but is too great of a song to mind. Everything about it is great.9. Barenaked: (4/5) This song wasn't a hit, and it's a shame. It's a cool song.10. Ordinary Day: (5/5) Another keeper. I was in love with this song last year and even though the girl can't sing live, the recording is excellent.11. Landslide: (4/5) A pop hit for the Dixie Chicks. Who woulda thought? Great song and I'm glad to see it doing so well. Nice addition.12. I Care 4 U: (5/5) How I miss Aaliyah. The best track from her 2001 self-titled album. Beautiful and mesmerizing vocals.13. Stingy: (1/5) I have no idea why this song made it on here.14. Don't Know Why: (4/5) Sweet, soothing song. One of the more unique songs of the last year. A breath of fresh air out of the rap-dominated music world.15. Hero: (2/5) Another "Hero" song. We really didn't need another one *no pun intended.* 16. Running Away: (3.5/5) Surprisingly not too bad rock track. Better than their previous song.17. In My Place: (2/5) This was not needed on here. It wasn't even a hit. 18. One Last Breath: (1/5) Overplayed to the point that I absolutely cannot stand it. It wasn't that great to begin with but radio butchered it.19. Somewhere Out There: (2/5) No, it's not the Fivel song. Although I'd rather hear it then this train wreck. 20. Everyday: (4/5) Unfortunately, wasn't much of a hit. It's a good song, though. Their new one "Misunderstood" is even better." I recently saw the tracklisting for Now 12 and I'll warn you...it's worse than this one. A real shame. This series was once decent."
Definitly not the best NOW
Kara | San Antonio, TX | 12/08/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's my review for the 11th edition of the NOW music series. I am a hip hop fan but I buy NOW's. I wasn't even planning on getting NOW 11 but my sister got it for me. This is one of the first NOWs to not have Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, or NSYNC.
1. "Hot In Herre" Nelly: This was the song of the summer. It has a good beat (the Neptunes made it). It is kind of nice to listen to now, because it hasn't been on the radio in a while.
Is on NOW 11 because: It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for some time.
2. "Nothin'" N.O.R.E.: THIS was more overplayed than a lot of songs on this album. It may not seem overplayed, but since I am a hip hop fan, the hip hop radio station WOULD NOT stop playing it. Eventually I was so sick of it.
Is on NOW 11 because: I think it made #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
3. "Gangsta Lovin'" Eve feat. Alicia Keys: Both Eve and Alicia Keys bring good vocals. It's a very good song, very well put together. The writing is good too. It was on the verge of being extremely overplayed but luckily the radio's slowed down the playing before it went crazy.
Is on NOW 11 because: #2 on Billboard Hot 100.
4. "Feel It Boy" Beenie Man feat. Janet: I like the beat. Janet brings good vocals. I really like her part, but Beenie Man is not that great.
Is on NOW 11 because: Janet Jackson is on it
5. "Days Go By" Dirty Vegas: I'm not one for "dance" music, where we repeat the same line over and over for 8 minutes. The video was very good though, I must say.
Is on NOW 11 because: You have to have a "dance" track on a NOW CD.
6. "Love At First Sight" Kylie Minogue: I like this, and I like it more than "Can't Get You Out of My Head".
Is on NOW 11 because: see the Dirty Vegas reason
7. "Objection (Tango) Shakira: Ugh... the vocals are terrible on this song. I remember Simon Cowell (from American Idol) on TRL saying she sounded like "Ricky Martin with a high voice" when he saw this video.
Is on NOW 11 because: Gotta fit your Latina in here somewhere, and J.Lo was getting divorced and wasn't fitted in ;)
8. "Underneath It All" No Doubt feat. Lady Saw: EVERY TIME I turn on MTV (which is often) this video is playing. It has to stop. The song is so nice and overplaying is messing it up.
Is on NOW 11 because: #3 on Billboard Hot 100 when I wrote this.
Grade: A- (if it were not overplayed) C (because it is)
9. "Barenaked" Jennifer Love Hewitt: The video was bad, this song is bad, she CAN sing, she just needs better song selection or something. Could you imagine yourself grooving this? (barenaked... and I... just can't it... blah blah blah) But I admit this is better than the Shakira song.
Is on NOW 11 because: I don't know, really, it was never a hit
10. "Ordinary Day" Vanessa Carlton: One of the best songs on the album, I don't even like this kind of music, but I like it.
Is on NOW 11 because: It was a hit and it was on MTV a lot.
11. "Landslide" Dixie Chicks: Hmmm I don't like this stuff. Dixie Chicks are pretty cool though.
Is on NOW 11 because: country/pop
Grade: I won't grade this because I have skipped it and don't want to be unfair.
12. "I Care 4 U" Aaliyah: Beautiful song, beautiful singer. Aaliyah lives forever.
Is on NOW 11 because: we are paying respects to a great singer.
13. "Stingy" Ginuwine: Average R&B
Is on NOW 11 because: It's R&B
14. "Don't Know Why" Norah Jones: Soooo slow it drives me nuts.
Is on NOW 11 because: The album is doing well.
15. "Hero" Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott: Here we introduce the heavy rock. This song is for Spiderman, it's nice, "inspirational" for whoever.
Is on NOW 11 because: #3 peak on Hot 100.
16. "Running Away" Hoobastank: Even though I am a hip hop fan and I always will be, I am really into this song. I don't know why, but it's perfect.
Is on NOW 11 because: Kind of a new band?
Grade: A+ (best one on the CD)
17. "In My Place" Coldplay: Kind of a different song. Very slow, but it's nice.
Is on NOW 11 because: Slow rock.
18. "One Last Breath" Creed: This video was on MTV so much, I don't know why, it was really cheap and everything in the video followed the words of the song. ("I'm 6 feet from the edge" well yes he is about to fall off the cliff)
Is on NOW 11 because: #5 (?) peak on Hot 100
19. "Somewhere Out There" Our Lady Peace: This sounds like another band but I can't put my finger on who it is.
Is on NOW 11 because: it's a new rock band
20. "Everyday" Bon Jovi: Cool... I guess? I don't know what to give this.
Is on NOW 11 because: It's Bon Jovi.
Grade: C+IN GENERAL:
This was a chance for rock to shine. The hip hop is not that good, and I am disappointed. Definitly one on of the weakest NOW's ever for hip hop. I want them to improve on it next time. *sigh* Oh well, NOW 12 will before us in a few months. BEST SONGS: (received an A- to an A+)
"Ordinary Day" "Running Away" "Hero" "Gangsta Lovin'""Love At First Sight" and "I Care 4 U"
WORST SONGS: (received a C- or below)
"Nothin'" "Objection (Tango)" and "BareNaked""
Scott | Philadelphia, PA USA | 03/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm going to use my rating system with 1 being the lowest, 5 being the average and 10 being the highest.1. Hot In Herre-8.5/10
2. Nothin'-8/10(A good theme song for TRL)
3. Gangsta Lovin'-7/10
4. Feel It Boy-6.5/10
5. Days Go By-6.5/10
6. Love At First Sight-4/10(The worst on the CD by a longshot!)
8. Underneath It All-9/10
10. Ordinary Day-7/10(This was DEFINETLY no Hot in Herre so I am going to have to rate it seemingly low)
12. I Care 4 U-7/10
14. Don't Know Why-6.5/10
15. Hero-10/10(The best on the CD!)
16. Running Away-10/10(A really great one!)
17. In My Place-8/10
18. One Last Breath-9/10
19. Somewhere Out There-8.5/10
Overall Rating: 155.5/200"