NOW That's What I Call 21st Century - Album Review | CharlotteBehappy




As a thank you for hitting 7,500 page views on the 24th of August, I thought I'd review this 3 CD special. If I've ever reviewed anything by these artists (or even these songs), they'll be linked wherever you see the artist's name.

CD1


Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke feat Pharrell

Oh great, the rape song. Okay it's really catchy and minus the lyrics, I can see why people like it. It's a feel good summer song. However, there's many undertones (and overtones) of misogyny and rape. The beat is catchy and fast. Apart from that, it's really repetitive.

Move Like Jagger - Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera

Catchy guitar and whistling accompanied with a drum beat. The lyrics are fairly high and super catchy. They go well with the music and the instruments. It picks up a lot making a typical pop song with a little bit of guitar in there. Christina Aguilera's voice is really powerful, and adds something better to the song.

I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas

Iconic beginning to the song. It has a simple beat and a really autotuned voice throughout. It has a real upbeat happy feel to it, like you're getting ready for a night out. It then progresses and the beat becomes heavier reaching the part where you feel like you're actually on the night out. The sing along rap bit is really effective, I bet this is great in a night club or something.

Happy (From Despicable Me 2) - Pharrell Williams

I hate this song. It has an annoying start, annoying drums, annoying voice. It's so simple and so over played. It's dull. It doesn't make me happy at all. The lyrics make no sense. Like most of Pharrell's songs, it's over played and overrated for the most simplistic and unoriginal music I've ever heard.

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson

This song is quite ridiculous. One hit wonder or what. It's typical, non-sensical pop music with simple beats and lots of electronic instruments. The lyrics are simple and hard to take seriously. There seems to be some kind of violin in this as well.

Wake Me Up - Avicii

Acoustic guitar at the start but the voice is very much electronic. A heavy beat then comes in, merging with the country feel to the song. I can see why Avicii makes such good club anthems because there's a strong beat and they progress well. Everyone loves a good beat drop. 

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

A strong beat at the start making it sound like a generic remix song. There's then some shouting and electronic singing. Of course a beat drop and then a remix, ridiculous sounding piece. The rapping is a bit out of place. 

Gangnam Style - Psy

This is another irritating and overplayed song. Typical k-pop with electronic beats and lyrics you can't understand. It's completely over the top and overdone. Then random English excerpts. Oh, don't forget the dramatic beat drop with a single solo phrase. 

Price Tag - Jessie J

I used to be obsessed with this. Her essex accent talking about god knows what. The lyrics are catchy and have a meaning that people can relate to well. The beat's very simple, I never released how uncomplicated it is. The chorus has catchy repetition and gets a little more exciting than the verses. The rapping fits in well with the song as well.

Poker Face - Lady Gaga

Iconic sounds at the start, really electronic and random noises. Then the heavy beat comes in. The catchy lyrics referencing gambling make the song more memorable and make people want to sing along. Then the typical pop chorus that everyone remembers as it's so simple.

We Are Young - Fun feat Janelle Monáe

Drums at the start. Catchy lyrics and catchy beat but unfortunately, he's singing about how he's abused this girl. A really high and dramatic chorus which of course defines why this song is even on this album. Glee also did a (better) cover of this song. 

What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

A song that defines a generation for some people. The simple but super catchy guitar at the start, the simple drums and simple but flattering lyrics. I mean they were cute 16 year olds singing about cute things which melted cute little girls' hearts. I mean this song is pretty awful but it's easy to say why this helped them break into America and the rest of the world. 

Firework - Katy Perry

Simple but memorable guitar riff at the start. Then the simple dreams and lyrics which are relatable and a little bit unique. A super uplifting and motivational song along with high notes that everyone wants to hit. Violin as well, to help it be more dramatic. This is another song that's super over the top, but it works. 

Give Me Everything - Pitbull feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Pitbull bloody irritates me. He's such a sleezebag like Robin Thicke. Ne-Yo's super high yet good voice singing over the jerky beats that quite honestly give me a headache/make my feel like I'm dying. I dislike the whole message of this song. It just gets messier and more annoying as it goes on.

La La La - Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith

This irritates me too. A little bit of piano in the start. Then an irregular 'la la la' and that's probably what I hate the most. How it sounds like it's been edited wrong. Sam Smith sounds lovely with the choppy beats. The 'la la la' bit just stops the flow of this song. 

Diamonds - Rihanna

The voice that sounds a little bit odd, something everyone loves. Then the heavy beat and a slight Jamaican accent. A really strong voice that people love to replicate. It's catchy again, even though diamonds don't shine. It's fairly motivational and uplifting as well.

Earthquake - Labrinth feat Tinie Tempah

Stupid voice at the start and electronic, video game sounding riff. Then a super heavy beat and lots of electronic noises. It's like soft dubstep, heavy hip hop. Also lyrics that are a bit random and another rapper accompanying it. Then there's a section that makes him sound like he's a monk singing in church.

In For the Kill - La Roux

Super electronic. Do any of these songs use real instruments. A super high voice, again, with some effects on it. These lyrics don't make much sense, and the song doesn't progress much at the chorus either. 

Beautiful People - Chris Brown feat Benny Benassi

Quite an electronic and simple keyboard beat. An echo on the voice as well, keeping it modern. This then builds up as if it's a club song. Really autotuned sections as well. The beat speeds up as well. The lyrics are really simple. 

OMG - Usher feat will.i.am

Super electronic and autotuned. I don't think they've used a single real instrument in this. The lyrics to this are seriously idiotic and ridiculous. This is so simple and requires no thinking at all. It's also really offensive. 

CD2


Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat Kimbra

Really nice acoustic guitar in this along with xylophone. The voice is really subtle and simple and suits the European, repetitive melody. I guess the lyrics are really relatable. It really picks up at the peak of the song, the bit that everyone knows and starts singing along to. Kimbra really makes this song, she has a lovely voice. Definitely a moan-along-song.

Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

Piano and some 'ah'-ing and then a steady drum beat. Then the drums really stick out and Bruno Mars has a soft voice but definitely suits this style of music, not acoustic music like you'd think. The lyrics are really sweet. 

Impossible - James Arthur

His voice is really slurred and the music is quite simple, just acoustic guitar. He does have a nice sounding voice, nice tones and pitch but he just needs to enunciate more. The drums later come in and the guitar becomes more prominent. 

Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth feat Emeli Sandé

This is why punctuation is important. Piano and violins at the start. Softly sung, and frankly depressing sounding first verse. Really heavy drums as Emeli comes in. It takes from the 'beautiful'-ness of this song. 

Empire State of Mind (Pt. II) Broken Down - Alicia Keys

Piano and a really beautiful voice. Literally sounds like something out of a film set in New York. The lyrics are sung really nicely and the lyrics themselves are really nice. It's quite understated and pretty. It gets more hip hop like the original towards the end when the beat comes in.

Counting Stars - OneRepublic

Acoustic guitar and I really lovely voice at the start of this. The tone is so nice and really suits the style. Then the other instruments come in and make it more exciting. It's not too intense, but the drums add a nice tribal element to it. The lyrics are super catchy and the rhythm of them (the speed) really go with the beat of the music.

Paradise - Coldplay

This is basically the song of the 2012 Olympics. And it still gives me shivers. It's the violin intro and the guitar and drums. It's so uplifiting. The lyrics are simple but good. It's also easy to parody it with 'para para paranoid' which makes it even more popular. One of the few good ones on the album honestly.

The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script

One from my childhood. Guitar at the start and lyrics sung that sound really American. I would never have guessed Irish. Then the drums come in. It's fairly simple but is catchy and I guess just hits the spot for some people although to me, it doesn't really stand out.

Rule The World - Take That

The piano and the song that everyone knows. You can't hate Take That. A little bit of acoustic guitar comes in too. This is an emotional one that's always used in montages. It just makes me think of x factor for some reason.

Broken Strings - James Morrison feat Nelly Furtardo

This song is probably one of the most irritating. It's depressing and simplistic but it's also quite cheesy. The voice is husky and it feels like he needs to clear his throat and it doesn't really suit this song. Just because there's acoustic guitar doesn't mean it suits the song. Nels doesn't bring much to this song either.

Fireflies - Owl City

Sounds extremely electronic at the start. The voice is extremely autotuned and it's all really techno. The lyrics makes no sense but are catchy because they're so clear. I think the  lyrics are quite literal though, they're not some kind of metaphor.

Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs

Sounds like that Plan B song at the start. The jazz feel to the pop song is really nice with the instruments with modern pop lyrics and dance feel. It's a very positive, happy, and musically enjoyable song. It's nothing mind-blowing or life changing but it's sweet and it makes you happy - which is what music is really about.

Airplanes - B.o.B feat Hayley Williams

Piano at the start of this one and Hayley's voice is nice and suits this style of music. It then gets all hip hop and urban, and this brings the anger and sadness to this song. The lyrics are clever and relatable. I'm surprised this became so popular honestly. 

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

Really nice, hawaiian feeling guitar and cute lyrics. The simplistic drums puts all the focus on the voice and the lyrics which make this song. This isn't anything original and game changing but it's still sweet, and I'm sure this has been played at lots of weddings.

Your Song - Ellie Goulding

Personally, I don't prefer the original. Her voice is suited for these kinds of songs. It's delicate and replicable and suits the piano and sadness in this cute love song. Thel yrics kind of make sense but having a tad of weirdness, making them different from a typical love song. 

Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke

Love love love the lyrics to this song. Okay, I prefer the Jeff Buckley version (who wouldn't?), but this is a pretty good rendition. The love notes are lovely but she reaches the peak of the song too much and then has to go low again. Her voice is lovely in this song, and the emotion of the song comes through. Can't help but think of Shrek though.

Just Give Me a Reason - P!nk feat Nate Ruess

This song is too catchy. The piano the singing, you can't help but sing along and get it stuck in your head for the next four years. I also can't help but this of DailyGrace's cover. This does progress perfectly and is full of emotional.

Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri

This used to be my song. The voice is lovely and the piano is simple but nice. The lyrics are easily parody-ed which means they're catchy and memorable. I used to pretend I was singing on X Factor on ballad week when this song came on.

Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

This is a classic. This is a nice mix of urban and diva classic. The beat's catchy and it has a nice rhythm but it also shows off her fantastic voice. This is one that just brings you back to your childhood. It's also an example of the good that X Factor can bring.

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

You can hear that old school piano and just makes you think: GLEE. Oh the days of being a pre-teen. Such a classic American rock voice. The lyrics are catchy and corny but that's what makes a success right?

CD3


Only Girl (In the World)- Rhianna

This I think was the start of the house music craze. It has the makings with the repetitive and fast beat. The voice is good as always, and it's super catchy. It goes from fairly boring to exciting at the chorus quite quickly. This is a typical montage song as well that you always see in TV shows.

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

It's that operatic voice and lyrics that make no sense that's so intriguing. I don't think many people listen to this song because they can relate, more likely because it's catchy and exciting. The music video that's a bit weird helps a bit as well. Oh and speaking some French.

Forget You - Cee Lo Green

This has nice soul and jazz themes to it which makes it a good one. The backing singers are used effectively and the lyrics here are of course, catchy as well as relatable. It's ironic how this guy can obviously afford a ferarri now. Fantastic high notes always help.

Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO

Another one that I think started the dance/house craze. It's repetitive and very electronic. No singing involved and it's quite a sexist song. However, I guess it boosts the self esteem of some people. It's also quite funny and builds up and drops quite well.

Dynamite - Taio Cruz

This has a real Usher/Ne-Yo feel to. It's a typical hip hop dance song. It's really autotuned and repeats stupid words. However, the lyrics to the chorus are easy to change of course, and then it gets very dance-y.

Payphone - Maroon 5 feat Wiz Khalifa

There's really really high singing in this. The lyrics personally irritate me quite a bit. I just can't get over how annoying this voice is to be honest, and the instruments are not good. This was the decline of Maroon 5. The rapping was unnecessary. 

Troublemaker - Olly Murs feat Flo Rida

Dislike Flo Rida. He just ruins this song. This was catchy and had a nice beat, again with jazz themes to it. Flo Rida just talks all over it. The lyrics are catchy but generic and the theme of the song is nothing special.

Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin

Quite a typical love song. This is emotional and brings a lot of feelinsg up although it's a really house. I doubt people will be crying along in a club but it does make people want to sing along loudly. 

Titanium - David Guetta feat Sia

The riff here is generic but the lyrics are sung well which appeals to people. This also has a good build up and climax with a house feel. It's quite a dramatic song, and although the lyrics don't actually make sense, this is still a popular one. 

Scream and Shout - Will.i.am feat Britney Spears

A simplistic and non-messy urban/hip hop/dance song. Of course Britney appeals to people and it has a good beat. It's not too typical or overdone though. I don't get the British accent and probably never will. This is one you'd sing and jump along to.

Pompeii - Bastille

Personally hate this song although I heard it live. It's overrated indie crap honestly. I don't think it's particularly musically good but it's catchy and a bit different to most chart music so I guess that's why people thought they were so originally liking this song.

Human - The Killers

One of the few good songs on this album. It's embraces their new and old styles. The lyrics are catchy and this makes you want to dance in a different way. The lyrics are deep but even though people don't know what they mean necessarily, people still love to sing them loudly in their car.

Next to Me - Emeli Sandé

Tambourine and piano for a more stripped back song. It's very Paloma Faith. The lyrics again are really catchy and well-written and the soulfulness is enchanting. It's a nice uplifting song as well.

Domino - Jessie J

Of course a catchy song from Jessie J. The riff is boring and basic but the singing is really lovely and screams to be replicated. The progression is great of course and I like how there's real instruments in there, not just electronic noises which is different from a more modern dance-ish song.

Fight For This Love - Cheryl Cole

Iconic sound of my childhood. Brings me back to year 6. The lyrics are kind of crap but it's iconic and catchy and that's why people like it. It tries to be hip hop but is so pop from the singing to the pinging noises. Ashley Cole.

Feel the Love - Rudimental feat John Newman

Another montage song that's always used. The male voice is high and could be percieved as annoying but I think it suits this song really well. It's crazy and dance-y and over the top but it's a real summer song and does make you excited. 

Pass Out - Tinie Tempah

This is a real hip hop/urban song but has some dance vibes which make it popular. Most popular songs are really dance-y. The lyrics and rap are really catchy and said/sung well. Everyone loves pop culture references.

Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks

This is one with a nice acoustic feel as well as a jazz feel. This one's upbeat and exciting and I can see why it's so popular. It's popular with all ages because it's simple but it works well. What it means isn't really important.

We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool & DCup

This one's very dance and reminds me of a Scissor Sisters song. It's nice to have some foreign sounds in there. It's repetitive. Everyone loves some trumpet and old school Mexican sounding instruments. It's catchy of course. The drop is great and original too.

Candy - Robbie Williams

Effy from skins is in this video. It's got some nice trumpets and well sung and catchy lyrics that have a good beat to them. It's exciting pop music that's feel good on a Saturday afternoon. 

Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas

This is a song my childhood. It's sung well and has a catchy beat and rhythm. The contrast of rapping and female vocals just works. A lot of people can obviously relate to this song as well. It's also has random futuristic vibes to it.

Hall of Fame - The Script feat Will.i.am

This is a really emotional and moving one. From the piano to the crazy chorus that's super dramatic. This is always used in montages. This just pulls at your heart strings and give you shivers. It's motivational and moving.