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Now That's What I Call Music! 3


2.5
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by ZackSh33 USER (55 Reviews)
April 24th, 2018 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You'll never shine if you don't glow

The third edition of Now That's What I Call Music! was released in December 1999, a time when some were concerned that Y2K was actually going to happen and the computers were going to take over in only a few weeks time. The fact that it was released only five months after its predecessor during the peak of the holiday season (for context: NOW 2 was released almost a full year after the premiere edition) probably also points to the fact that NOW 2, for all intensive purposes, was a rousing success. A compilation album going 2x platinum and peaking at #3 isn't too shabby, and that those involved (see: the record labels) saw that, hey, these compilation albums were actually selling really well, and they could actually be a consistent seller in the United States.

NOW 3 starts off as well as any album ever could with Smash Mouth's "All Star."¬*It's kind of baffling how Smash Mouth was one of the most popular bands in the country for a good two years. In fact, "All Star" is a song so ingrained in the psyche of those who grew up in the late nineties and early 00s despite its over-saturation at the time. It's a song that really never became "unpopular" - it's still being covered, parodied, and heavily referenced even today. Ask anyone from the ages of 24-30 nowadays to recite all of the lyrics to "All Star," and I bet every single one of them could with very little trouble.¬*Back then, everyone at the time knew "All Star," and today, it remains one of the most recognizable songs of the era.

Of course, NOW 3 doesn't contain "18 chart topping hits" that are on the same level as "All Star," but it does contain some interesting artifacts from the time. Including a Britney Spears song at the height of her success makes perfect sense, and "Sometimes" holds up pretty well as a good (not great) pop song about a girl who doesn't want to confess her true feelings to her significant other. One song that has held up surprisingly well, though: "The Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim. Maybe it's just me, but the entirety of his¬*1998 album, You've Come A Long Way, Baby holds up remarkably a full twenty years later. I guess sampling never goes out of style. You know what has gone out of style? Nu-metal. Specifically, Limp Bizkit. I'm sitting here in disbelief that Fred Durst's "piece de resistance," "Nookie" - even with its five excruciating cookie filled minute running time - was still a major hit, helping Limp's second effort go 7x platinum.

NOW 3 is similar in the artists it picks hits from to NOW 2, a total of six artists appear on both compilations, which makes sense given the short time period from which compilers could choose songs from. Artists like 98 degrees ("The Hardest Thing"), Backstreet Boys ("All I Have to Give"), Garbage ("Special"), and R. Kelly (the six minute "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time") were all at the height of their fame and commercial power, but the inclusion of all these artists definitely makes the compilations nearly identical in overall style, which becomes even more pronounced when you consider the amount of smooth R&B (way too much) included on both collections. There are differences though - the inclusion of Oleander's "Heart-Shaped Box" rip off "Why I'm Here" is interesting because it represents the last gasp of the first generation of post-grunge, years before bands like Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, and 3 Doors Down "revitalized" the genre. Meanwhile, blink-182's "What's My Age Again" represents the continuing success of pop-punk, while Fastball's "Out of My Mind" is a tasteful, organ filled straightforward pop-rock song that closes out the compilation on a nice, even keeled note.

NOW 3 ended up having slightly less chart success than NOW 2, peaking at #4, but still going 2x platinum in the process. All told, NOW 3 is a weaker overall set of songs than either of its predecessors, mainly due to the inclusion of a number of secondary hit singles from the biggest artists of the time. That does not mean that NOW 3 is unworthy of your time if you really want a taste of the music that was at least moderately popular during the second half of 1999, but it does mean that for all intents and purposes, you can skip it.



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ZackSh33
April 24th 2018


683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This one goes out to my childhood friend Ryan Davis, who owned this CD and played it (specifically two songs on repeat: "All Star" and "The Rockefeller Skank") on a small Sony Boombox while we played Sega Dreamcast. Memories.



Comments and feedback always appreciated!



Edit: Don't know why those question mark icons are coming up, I tried re-editing the review and they're still there and it's annoying. If there are any mods/admins out there can edit it and get rid of those, that'd be very cool of them.

DinosaurJones
April 24th 2018


10217 Comments


WAS I OUT OF MY HEAD, WAS I OUT OF MY MIND?
HOW COULD I HAVE EVER BEEN SO BLIND


TheSonomaDude
April 24th 2018


6875 Comments


Are you going to go thru all of these?

ZackSh33
April 24th 2018


683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

All of them? Maybe the first ten if im lucky.

ConcubinaryCode
April 24th 2018


5010 Comments


It's for all intents and purposes, not for all intensive purposes.

Get Low
April 24th 2018


7270 Comments


Special request for a Now 15 review. I owned that one as a child.

ConcubinaryCode
April 24th 2018


5010 Comments


Also I saw the 68th iteration of this at Walmart a few nights ago. How far we've come.

Get Low
April 24th 2018


7270 Comments


We need to update the Sput databases; we only have to 43. I love how few votes these have. None of the little death metal enthusiasts on this site want to own up to ever owning these cds, lol.

ConcubinaryCode
April 24th 2018


5010 Comments


I had the one with Mr. Brightside

Doctuses
April 24th 2018


1916 Comments


I had now 1 back in the day BOI so quit talkin SHIT

DominionMM1
April 25th 2018


18547 Comments


why would you even review this?

Digging: The Lights Inside The Woods - II

TheSonomaDude
April 25th 2018


6875 Comments


do Now 11, that one has Disturbed on it

Doctuses
April 25th 2018


1916 Comments


hes done 1,2 and 3. i say go for em all bro

PaulForTheWinz
April 25th 2018


1 Comments


I own Now 55, and the only reason I do is because there's an All Time Low song on there and they're billed as an "up and coming artist" (?)

PsychicChris
April 25th 2018


333 Comments


I forgot All Star was on this, I'm sure glad someBODY ONCE TOLD ME

DinosaurJones
April 25th 2018


10217 Comments


BUT MY LOVE IS ALL... I HAVE TO GIVE
WITHOUT YOU I DON'T... THINK I CAN LIVE

dctarga
April 25th 2018


1698 Comments


I think this was the last Now cd I bought, certainly had 1 and 2.

Good times

coldheaven
April 25th 2018


4787 Comments


SOMETIMES I RUN, SOMETIMES I HIDE. SOMETIMES I'M SCAREEEED OF YOU-UU.
BUT ALL I REALLY WANT IS TO HOLD YOUUU TIGHT, TREAT YOU RIGHT, BE WITH YOU DAYYYYY AND NIG-GHHHTTT.
BABY, ALL I NEED IS TIME.

Drifter
April 25th 2018


16334 Comments


Thank you for not directly shitting on R. Kelly this time :]

coldheaven
April 25th 2018


4787 Comments


We'll keep it on the down low

















Nobody has to know



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