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I wouldn't really say that I fancy most of today's new music. Nevertheless, compilation albums I find are a good way to keep up to date with what many pop artists have been putting out (a good conversation topic) - and usually I'll end up finding a few songs that I like, as well. Like many other albums of this sort, NOW 83 is loaded with hits and misses, though I think I'd lean more towards hits for this CD.
CD1 begins with the K-pop viral sensation PSY's "Gangnam Style", and despite the fact that it's overplayed and I can't understand a word of Korean, the beat certainly is infectious and the hook catchy. I enjoyed most of the first CD - standouts included the Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child", Flo Rida's "I Cry" (in my opinion his best song for quite a while), and Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You" (a solid dance-pop/R&B track). JLS's "Hottest Girl In The World" also struck me in terms of how high the song is and how hard it is to sing (I know, they probably had a couple of takes plus editing to get it right).
There were a lot of club songs; I wasn't expecting otherwise, being a compilation of chart hits - even if this did get a little grating at times. As far as I'm concerned, the quality does vary significantly (the aforementioned "Don't You Worry Child" is one of my favourites; I'm not sure I can stomach Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)", however).
Some of the songs were also a little unusual compared to what I'd expect to hear on the charts, having a little of a retro feel such as Stooshe's "Waterfalls". I'm also very curious about the CD's closing track, "Bom Bom" which seems to be a novelty hit along the lines of "Do the Bartman", "Gangnam Style", or, more recently, Bauuer's "Harlem Shake". Nevertheless, they did complement the supply of dance-pop that dominated CD1.
I felt CD2 was much stronger, personally, with generally fewer misses and some very, very good songs. The CD really got off on the right foot with Labrinth and Emeli Sande's "Beneath Your Beautiful", a stirring piano-led ballad showcasing both of their singing talent - I find that they actually sound believable, which is difficult. Second track "Hall of Fame" by the Script and will.i.am was enjoyable as well, if a bit repetitive towards the end.
My personal picks from the second CD would include Conor Maynard and Ne-Yo's "Turn Around" (a solid, pulsing dance track), Lawson's "Taking Over Me" (another case of believability in the vocals, I find), and strangely One Direction's "Live While We're Young" (the premise may be trite, but the song is solid enough as far as I'm concerned).
Do I enjoy all of the songs on the album? No, definitely not. However, I think the album fulfills the purpose of a compilation album well - there's something for almost everyone, even if not all the music is likely to appeal to your taste. It does its job well.
Personal favourite tracks:
Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin - "Don't You Worry Child"
Labrinth ft. Emeli Sande - "Beneath Your Beautiful"
When I was younger one present that I could almost always guarantee that I would receive on a double tape pack was one of the Now music compilations! As I grew up I tended to download music as and when I wanted it and so didn't often buy the albums but when my cousin and I were going to Nottingham to see my sister and have a night out we decided to purchase the latest Now CD for our car journey and this is my review of the CD!
The CD is basically a compilation CD of popular music over a period of time. Once upon a time I think these CD's were only released around Christmas time, though I may well be wrong, but there are generally a couple of these a year now at least as there is so much music around.
The album comes in a standard looking CD case which features the large now that's what I call music name as well as the number 83 to signify the release number of it. There are fireworks in the background of this particular CD but I would say that they all run a similar sort of theme so that they stand out on the shelves and you immediately know where the CD is from.
The CD has two discs and I will tackle each of them individually. CD one has 22 tracks on it and these are pretty much your mainstream pop songs that you are likely to have heard on the charts of perhaps seen the music videos on the television. For the most part the songs on this disc are upbeat and ones that you can sing along to or even have a bit of a boogie too and so it also makes a good CD to own for a house party or even just one to pop on when you are getting ready for a night out.
Some of my favourite tracks from the second half of 2012 are on this disc and so you have songs like Taylor Swifts we are never ever getting back together, Ne-Yo let me love you, Wiley's heatwave and Sam and the womp's bom bom! I would say that anyone who likes mainstream pop music will enjoy this disc and there are plenty of songs to sing along to. There were only a couple of songs on this disc that I wasn't particularly familiar with and I think that has to be expected anyway when you buy a compilation but for the most part disc one is an excellent disc and we listened to this one a few times on the journey and have also listening to it getting ready for a night out since then.
Disc two features just one less song and so we have 21 tracks to listen to. I would say that whilst this disc is still pretty much mainstream music there are a few tracks which are perhaps a bit indie sounding and so you have artists like Example on there and Mumford and sons too. I think it is often the case with CD's like this that disc two seems a little weaker than disc one but I have to say we both really enjoyed the sound of this disc too and there are plenty of songs to sing along to and have a little boogie as well.
Some of my favourite songs from disc two are Labrinth featuring Emile Sande singing Beneath your beautiful which is such a powerful track that I can't help but be consumed by it each time I hear it as well as One Directions live while we're young which just makes me want to dance around like a mad head anyway!
Usually with a compliation disc I find myself preferring one CD much more than the other but in this case I think both discs are very strong and feature a good mix of music that people interested in the current chart type music will love. I can quite happily listen to the full discs over and over again with these and I like that it isn't just one artist singing because with the exception of Matt Cardle I get pretty bored listening to the same artist sing over and over again really.
I think this CD would be a great gift to give to someone who likes current chart music and I think it would be gratefully received by them as well. The fact that there are upbeat songs in which you can sing and dance but then slower ballads on there too mean that you are unlikely to become bored with this CD and I totally give it my recommendation. We bought the CD in asda for around twelve pounds but you can buy it on amazon too for £11.97 and this comes with free super saver delivery as well. I think it is worth the price and an album which is pretty much generically enjoyable.
1. Psy - Gangnam Style ( )
2. Robbie Williams - Candy
3. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child
4. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
5. The Wanted - I Found You
6. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
7. Maroon 5 - One More Night
8. Wiley feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D - Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)
9. Flo Rida - I Cry
10. Ne - Yo - Let me love you
11. Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
12. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
13. P!nk - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
14. Little Mix - Wings
15. Stooshe - Waterfalls
16. JLS - Hottest Girl In The World
17. Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
18. Redlight - Lost In Your Love
19. Rita Ora - How We Do (Party)
20. Cheryl - Under The Sun
21. Wiley feat. Ms D - Heatwave
22. Sam And The Womp - Bom Bom
1. Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé - Beneath Your Beautiful
2. The Script feat. will.i.am - Hall Of Fame
3. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
4. David Guetta feat. Sia - She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)
5. Calvin Harris feat. Example - We'll Be Coming Back
6. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7. Naughty Boy feat. Emeli Sandé - Wonder
8. Conor Maynard feat. Ne - Yo - Turn around
9. One Direction - Live While We're Young
10. Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
11. Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy
12. Fun. - Some Nights
13. Example - Say Nothing
14. Lawson - Taking Over Me
15. Karmin - Brokenhearted
16. Trey Songz - Simply Amazing
17. Simple Plan feat. Sean Paul - Summer Paradise
18. Angel - Wonderful
19. Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran - Watchtower
20. Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
21. Elbow - One Day Like This
Thank you for reading my review!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Psy - Gangnam Style (?????)
2 Robbie Williams - Candy
3 Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don?t You Worry Child
4 Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
5 The Wanted - I Found You
6 Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
7 Maroon 5 - One More Night
8 Wiley feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D - Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)
9 Flo Rida - I Cry
10 Ne - Yo
11 Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
12 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
13 P!nk - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
14 Little Mix - Wings
15 Stooshe - Waterfalls
16 JLS - Hottest Girl In The World
17 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
18 Redlight - Lost In Your Love
19 Rita Ora - How We Do (Party)
20 Cheryl - Under The Sun
21 Wiley feat. Ms D - Heatwave
22 Sam And The Womp - Bom Bom
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé - Beneath Your Beautiful
2 The Script feat. will.i.am - Hall Of Fame
3 Florence + The Machine ? Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
4 David Guetta feat. Sia - She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)
5 Calvin Harris feat. Example - We?ll Be Coming Back
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Naughty Boy feat. Emeli Sandé - Wonder
8 Conor Maynard feat. Ne - Yo
9 One Direction - Live While We?re Young
10 Chris Brown - Don?t Wake Me Up
11 Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy
12 Fun. - Some Nights
13 Example - Say Nothing
14 Lawson - Taking Over Me
15 Karmin - Brokenhearted
16 Trey Songz - Simply Amazing
17 Simple Plan feat. Sean Paul - Summer Paradise
18 Angel - Wonderful
19 Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran - Watchtower
20 Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
21 Elbow - One Day Like This