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Now That's What I Call British

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7/17/2012

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Now That’s What I Call Music may have overtaken the world, but it began in Britain, so having an American compilation introducing the best of British pop feels a bit like going through the looking glass. Nevertheless, the London Olympics of the summer of 2012 provide a good excuse for Now That’s What I Call British, a hodge-podge of post-Brit-pop singles, some that made it big in the U.S., and many that did not. Now That’s What I Call British is bookended by Damon Albarn, the man who is arguably responsible for the Brit-pop boom of the ‘90s, but neither Blur’s “Song 2” -- a song deliberately designed to sound like American grunge -- nor Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc” sound very Brit-pop. In fact, the sound is generally missing here -- Lily Allen's “Smile” comes closest -- but there is a lot of distinctly British balladry, pop, dance, and rock, all anchored by Coldplay (“Viva la Vida”), Radiohead (“Creep”), Florence + the Machine (“Dog Days Are Over”), Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”), Leona Lewis (“Bleeding Love”), and Natasha Bedingfield (“Pocketful of Sunshine”). The rest isn’t as noteworthy or well-known but it’s not bad, and it’s all recognizably British if not necessarily the sound that Anglophiles consider quintessential British pop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Song 2 Blur 2:2
  3. 2 Viva la Vida Coldplay 3:57
  4. 3 Creep Radiohead 4:0
  5. 4 You're Beautiful James Blunt 3:33
  6. 5 Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine 3:18
  7. 6 Foundations Kate Nash 3:40
  8. 7 Rehab Amy Winehouse 3:33
  9. 8 Smile Lily Allen 3:15
  10. 9 Pocketful of Sunshine Natasha Bedingfield 3:24
  11. 10 Soldier of Love Sade 5:59
  12. 11 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis 4:22
  13. 12 Heaven Emeli Sandé 4:12
  14. 13 Glad You Came The Wanted 3:17
  15. 14 Feel so Close Calvin Harris 3:26
  16. 15 Dynamite Taio Cruz 3:21
  17. 16 Written in the Stars Tinie Tempah 3:29
  18. 17 Domino Jessie J 3:52
  19. 18 Feel Good Inc. Gorillaz 3:41

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