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Now That's What I Call Music! 17
Various Artists
Now That's What I Call Music! 17
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #1

With Now 17 the producers of this chart-busting series have accepted, to their credit, a truism: You can't please 'em all. That accounts for the opposite-ends-of-the-genre-spectrum inclusiveness of the disc, and also for t...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Now That's What I Call Music! 17
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 8
Label: Now Hits Collections
Original Release Date: 1/1/2004
Re-Release Date: 11/2/2004
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Today's Country, Hardcore & Punk, American Alternative, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary, Teen Pop, Adult Alternative, Southern Rap, Pop Rap, Southern Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724387420328, 724387420328

With Now 17 the producers of this chart-busting series have accepted, to their credit, a truism: You can't please 'em all. That accounts for the opposite-ends-of-the-genre-spectrum inclusiveness of the disc, and also for the lion's share of its appeal. Like hip-hop but hate country? Count yourself in, courtesy of Terror Squad ("Lean Back"), J-Kwon ("You & Me"), and the Beastie Boys ("Ch-Check It Out"), or out, owing to Gretchen Wilson ("Here for the Party") and Keith Urban ("Days Go By"). Ditto for girl pop (Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me," Jessica Simpson's "Angels") and hard rock (Crossfade's "Cold")--take it or leave it or, if you're truly well-rounded, love it, track for track. With its finger directly on the pulse of what passes for pop in 2004, 17 poses its share of challenges--the Switchfoot crowd doesn't lend itself to being lumped together with JoJo's posse--but it skillfully folds the whole package into a better than palatable mix aimed directly at the fun-loving and the musically tolerant. Sensible sequencing (rap leads to pure pop leads to rock leads to country) seals the deal, so that all you're left wondering is, What happened to Hoobastank? --Tammy La Gorce

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CD Reviews

Not as bad as people say, but still not 5 stars
Mr. Stanley M. Schmidt | Rockford, IL | 11/17/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Whether you like it or not, THIS is what we are listening too and buying. Half of this album is rap/hip-hop, two country, and the rest is a mix of pop, alternative and "today's rock". Here's my take on the playlist:

1. Let's Get It Started: 5/5. I don't know why I like this, but it's HOT. I'm really sad it didn't do better on the Hot 100, peaking in the Top 20 and falling. It's got a catchy beat and lyrics. You can really tell the Peas had fun with this record.

2. Lean Back: 5/5. I bought the CD mainly for this song. I'm not a rapper or R&B fanatic, but I love this song. The drubbing bass line hooked me!

3. Goodies: 3/5. An overplayed and simple song. The lyrics are 3rd grade, but I do like the appearance of Petey Pablo.

4. I Like That: 4/5. A great hip-hop song. It has a great hook, bass line and makes you want to move.

5. Ch-Check It Out: 2/5. Why can't the Beastie Boys just give it up? They were good about 20 years ago.

6. My Place: 4/5. A mellow R&B knockout. So close to 5 stars.

7. Sunshine: 3/5. Another song like Goodies. Too simple and way overplayed.

8. You & Me: 1/5. I loved J-Kwon's Tipsy, but this one is dismal.

9. Why?: 1/5. I didn't like this at all. This sounds like they recorded a session of Romper Room and put music to it.

10. Locked Up: 3/5. Still trying to figure this one out. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.

11. Baby It's You: 4/5. A nice follow up for JoJo. It's catchy, but the lyrics are only fair.

12. Angels: 1/5. Jessica assassinates this Robbie William's classic. If you want to hear what a '65 Chevy with a bad wheel bearing sounds like, listen to this song.

13. One Thing: 4/5. A nice slice of alternative music. Good lyrics and song structure. Nice melody too!

14. Dare You To Move: 4/5. Nice follow up to Meant To Live. This band has great potential.

15. Cold: 4/5. I liked this song! It's a heavy metal/alternative hit that has a place here.

16. Pieces of Me: 4/5. Ashlee's first hit. A bit old for this group, but none the less, a good song.

17. Take Me Out: 5/5. Could be the surprise sleeper on the CD. I LOVED it when I first heard it. It reminded me of days gone by :)

18. 1985: 5/5. I was born in 1970, so this song has a special meaning to me. Springsteen and Madonna were on the radio when I was a kid!!

19. Here For The Party: 3/5. Not a big country fan, but this song isn't terrible. It doesn't have the catch Redneck Woman did, but should do well.

20. Days Go By: 3/5. Take it or leave it.

Hope this was helpful to you! Eventhough this isn't a blockbuster release, it saved me a bunch of money by not having to buy individual CDs from every artist!"
This CD Explains the Problem With Commercial Music
E.G. Hardsworth | The Dock of the Bay | 12/14/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I bought a NOW CD about 4 years ago. That was the last one I bought. It was fairly good, too. Since then, I have began a renaissance in my musical tastes and no longer favor repetitive music without much diversity. One of the few songs I would actually enjoy on this CD are Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out." It's unusual, but definetly a song one can recognize ten years from now. Not many are going to remember Nelly, from Chingy to JZ. There was a time rap music was cool for me, but that was almost 10 years ago, since then only a few songs a year attract me, but after that I can't hear the difference between one rap song from another. It unfortunatly has become too mainstream and copy-cat.

I will also note Blacked Eyed Peas being a stand out on the CD. Clearly, the others would be considered filler for most other CD's. Kids ages 12-18 may think this is the best now, but just wait ten years from now (or maybe even 1 year!) and they'll hardly remember some of these artists.

Thank goodness I grew up in the mid to late 80's so I could be exposed to music that still was diverse in it's ways. Back in the early 90's I detested 80's music, now I can't seem to love it more. For me, 50's, 60's & 70's was my classic music, the "golden oldies". Today, 80's is classic to kids growing up. Thank goodness kids today can appreciate at least part of the cleverness the 80's music had to offer.

Well, anyway, kids.. I'm only 22, but boy, music has changed soooo much even since I've grown up. Please, don't buy this CD. This is stuff you can listen to on the radio over and over again. Please ask mom and pop what kind of music they listened to. Who knows, you may like it!"