“Now That’s What I Call Rock” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Now That’s What I Call Rock”
Label: Now Music
Release Date: 1/22/2016
Genre: Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

I’m pretty sure that you have seen these compilations while you’ve shopped for all sorts of music at your local brick and mortar place and there is a good chance that you even own a few of them since they are rather diverse in their offerings. The latest edition of these “Now Music” collections is called “Now That’s What I Call Rock” and brings you twenty-one tracks from the hottest bands in the Rock genre in today’s world. I have to admit that I am not all that up on what is considered “Rock” nowadays based on my ardent appreciation for the more classic artists and being a tried and true Metalhead that follows the artists who are dishing out that sort of thing. That being said I have to admit that this collection intrigued me and I did recognize many of the names on the compilation and can cross a couple of them off of my need to see in concert list. The album starts with a Bring Me The Horizon tune and having caught them in a small club thanks to some special event last year I can say that this was a great way to begin the album. Notable contributions come from bands like Shinedown, Seether and Imagine Dragons. The latter of the listed having a song on a commercial that keeps playing over and over in my head. You cannot really go wrong with anything from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell or Fall Out Boy since they sell out arena sized shows over and over and have mega popularity across a wide spanning demographic of music fans.

A few others whose names I knew but music was completely in the dark about would fall to Breaking Benjamin, Cage The Elephant and Royal Blood and I had to say that I liked each of their contributions. On the opposite side of the coin to that notion there were also quite a few who I had no idea about at all and since that was the case I some notes about the ones that I would like to check out if the opportunity ever arose for me to do so. Those few came via Failure Anthem, Walk The Moon and Royal Blood. Walk The Moon has a clever video for this track as well which is worth checking out. I did think that many of the bands followed a similar musical vibe and that found me liking it a little more than I expected to. What I mean here is when one band ended and another began I had so make sure it was a different group because a few times I felt it could have been the same artist. My guess is that many of the groups who fall into the Rock area of today are following similar song writing formulas or being inspired by those around them in the same field. Overall this is a solid compilation that paints a pretty spot on picture of where the field of Rock music is at today. Its perfect for the younger music fan in your family if you need a gift because you don’t want to have them being accused of listening to “Old Man Rock” when you try to learn them with some Zeppelin, Purple and Cream. The need to be hip with their own social circle is paramount nowadays and you sure don’t want to cause them any upset on Facebook after all. Keep the legends in their mind when you can of course but let them grow into the genre and its myriad of offerings at their own pace. This release at least will find them keeping the Rock spirit alive which is better than going to Rap route unless you can handle that stuff. Some can’t. Good collection, I wonder if they will keep this series coming with more diversity and maybe even begin a new Metal one. I don’t expect to ever see a “Now That’s What I Call Death (or Black) Metal” release anytime soon but that would be amusing if we did. Check this one out with my thumbs up.

Track Listing:
1. Bring Me the Horizon – “Throne”
2. Shinedown – “Cut the Cord”
3. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
4. Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
5. Seether – “Words as Weapons”
6. Cage the Elephant – “Mess Around”
7. The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”
8. Imagine Dragons – “I Bet My Life”
9. Cold War Kids – “First”
10. Walk the Moon- “Shut Up and Dance”
11. X Ambassadors – “Renegades”
12. Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
14. Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
15. Florence + The Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
16. BØRNS – “Electric Love”
17. Breaking Benjamin – “Failure”
18. Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”
19. Failure Anthem – “Paralyzed” (bonus)
20. Devour the Day – “Lightning In the Sky” (bonus)
21. Wolf Alice – “Bros” (bonus)

Official Website: http://www.nowthatsmusic.com/home/

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