Not to be confused with the perennially charting major-label hitfest, Now That's Not What I Call Music is a punk and skate rock compilation from the California indie Naked Jain Records. Like most compilations of this sort, Music has quite a few highs. Unfortunately, its filler and low points tend to outweigh the positives. Naked Jain does seem to have made a conscious decision to keep things close to the ground, forsaking sugary (and marketable) pop-punk in favor of some real .90 calibers. Norfolk, VA's the Strap-Ons cut 1977 punk revivalism with 21st century reality-show sleaze in "My Dad Smokes Crack," while the mysterious Strip Johnny delivers a ragged living room four-track come-on with the blatant "Let's Fuck." There's ragged ska-punk in the form of Jalopy Kinfolk's "Once in a While," and Clyde might top all with its raging, triumphant "Supersonic." The latter track isn't doing anything that a thousand others haven't. But amongst the half-formed experiments that make up Music, its anthemic chorus and rousing breakdowns sound just like heaven. Naked Jain might have been too liberal with its admission policy for this compilation, leading to some weaker material from Evil Side of Math, Brown Sox, and Mudstack. It does list for the low price of $8.95, though, so it's not like you'd be out all your lawn-mowing money if you do pick it up.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus