Kimberly Reyes
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With a strange mix of rookie Top 40 radio (Paulina Rubio), antiquated heavyweight hits (Aaliyah), and out-of-place gems (musiq), Now 10 stays true to its opportunistic, free-for-all predecessors. Despite a spicy and potentially volatile recipe, the end product is always more fondue than flambe. Outside of ‘N Sync’s Nelly-fied version of ”Girlfriend” and Ja Rule and Ashanti’s inescapable ”Always on Time,” Now’s latest succeeds only in chronicling the irrelevant, forgettable, and dated.

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