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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Canadian country singer-songwriter is her first studio album in 15 years.
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  • Record Label: Mercury Nashville
  • Genre(s): Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Oct 2, 2017
    90
    This is a record bursting with indecision and excess, but that excess is revealing; we're shown more of Shania's emotion than ever here. It's enough to make Now one of the best pop albums of the year.
  2. 83
    Those who would disparage her for not sounding like the “old Shania” are missing the point of this album--and with songs this good, they’re missing out, too.
  3. Sep 28, 2017
    70
    From the opening seconds of "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed," it's clear Shania's up to her old genre-trashing tricks.
  4. Sep 28, 2017
    60
    It all sounds great, too, with contributions from a vast array of players and producers, including Matthew Koma, Jacquire King, guitarist Greg Leisz and fiddler Gabe Witcher. The problem is Twain’s singing. ... [Her voice is] lower and less flexible than before, and that works out OK in the slower, moodier stuff here. That’s not the case, though, in the uptempo material, which feels flat and robotic.
  5. Sep 28, 2017
    50
    Now feels fussy, as if every element was triple-guessed because the pressure to have a triumphant comeback was too great.
  6. 50
    The whole album feels like it has been flattened out for the sake of streaming services. Without the big, chewy hooks, the songs tend to bleed together indistinguishably in hindsight.
  7. Sep 28, 2017
    20
    What was promised to be Twain's 'very, very pure' album is anything but. ... A terrible album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Apr 8, 2018
    10
    15 años tardo en sacar este album. Realmente, es demasiado bueno en mi opinion
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    10
    The negative reviews on this album are primarily because critics are using Come On Over as a benchmark of comparison. All things considered,The negative reviews on this album are primarily because critics are using Come On Over as a benchmark of comparison. All things considered, this is a really wonderful, uplifting, and enjoyable album. Truthfully, my expectations were not very high, but I'm very pleasantly surprised; the songwriting is great, and the production is beautiful. Sure, "Now" is not QUITE to the same calibre as some of her previous efforts, but all in all (pun intended), it is a fantastic and fun album. If you don't listen to it expecting to hear a new era-defining record with uber catchy hooks like "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" or "Forever and For Always," this is a very welcome and long awaited comeback. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    It's great to FINALLY have her back with some new music!!! I really like many of the songs on the album. Current favorites are: "Who's gonnaIt's great to FINALLY have her back with some new music!!! I really like many of the songs on the album. Current favorites are: "Who's gonna be your girl", "Swingin' with my eyes closed" and "We got something they don't"! Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    It's country to pop, folk to electronic, reggae to a tropical dance craze. The wonderful mixture of beats and melody makes this album an "ALLIt's country to pop, folk to electronic, reggae to a tropical dance craze. The wonderful mixture of beats and melody makes this album an "ALL IN ALL". Shania Twain is a musical genius to experiment and represent her album with various kinds of music styling.

    You can hear the difference in her voice now, but it's a beautiful marriage with the harmony and melody of her songs in the album. Come On Over was an institution, but Now is a league of it's own worthy of recognitions.
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  5. Oct 4, 2017
    10
    With this comeback album Shania shows her vulnerable side in her songwriting, especially 'Because of you' and 'All in All' are pretty examplesWith this comeback album Shania shows her vulnerable side in her songwriting, especially 'Because of you' and 'All in All' are pretty examples of this. Production wise it sounds fresh and different from her previous material; the music as a whole is more layered and diverse. Yet she also stays true to her country pop roots with songs like "Home Now" and "Who's gonna be your girl". Overal a surprising album, with some hidden gems on it. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2018
    7
    I'm a long devoted fan of Eileen Edwards! AND.... "Shania Twain" attended the same high school as I did (West Humber Collegiate...) I evenI'm a long devoted fan of Eileen Edwards! AND.... "Shania Twain" attended the same high school as I did (West Humber Collegiate...) I even have a yearbook with her singing on the very same stage I performed on! As an artist, I love her new sound and her enthusiasm in changing her style. A REAL and TRUE artist takes risks and chances and this is exactly what Shania did with NOW. WHERE DO YOU THINK WE'RE GOING is my favourite song on the NOW album. I'm seeing that this album is getting some critical and even some harsh reviews and this is really sad. There is so much heart and feeling put in to this album. Only a true Shania and music lover would appreciate this album. Not everyone likes the album, but not everyone matters. I have seen Shania's music change and evolve over the years, so there's really nothing unexpected here. She's changing and evolving... this is what true artists do. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2017
    0
    One of the most front loaded album of 2017. Completely nothing special and nothing from real Shania left tbh. I was hoping for something veryOne of the most front loaded album of 2017. Completely nothing special and nothing from real Shania left tbh. I was hoping for something very big but it turned out to just cheap and unlistenable music from new pop girl. This album is awful and Shania disappoints me here Expand

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