Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
Buy On
  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. Oct 2, 2017
    66
    These are pleasant songs, but Twain and Lange’s perfectionism meant even the weakest cuts on The Woman in Me and Come on Over were weapons-grade pop.
  5. Sep 28, 2017
    60
    Now is a strong comeback that plays to Twain’s strengths, but it could have done with some more of her feisty, Brad Pitt-skewering self, and fewer inspirational metaphors.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Mojo
    Sep 28, 2017
    40
    Producers Ron Anielo and Matthew Koma stick to the formula. And it's not enough. [Oct 2017, p.94]
  10. Sep 29, 2017
    20
    The songs are forgettable odes to familiar topics--home, heartbreak, dusting yourself off and picking yourself back up--that wouldn’t get a second glance if they’d been penned by someone less famous. Add to that some horrifically hackneyed clichés.
  11. Sep 28, 2017
    20
    What was promised to be Twain's 'very, very pure' album is anything but. ... A terrible album.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 84
  2. Negative: 27 out of 84
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2017
    10
    A truly incredible record that proves once and for all that Shania doesn't need the Cruel Mutt Lange in her corner to deliver a powerfulA truly incredible record that proves once and for all that Shania doesn't need the Cruel Mutt Lange in her corner to deliver a powerful pop-country record. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    Shania surprised all of us with NOW. She proved once again that she can do always a different job. Perfect lyrics and production. She’s alwaysShania surprised all of us with NOW. She proved once again that she can do always a different job. Perfect lyrics and production. She’s always getting better, amazing album! Full Review »