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Good album, but not as good as Now 83
on 29 March 2013
This album is decent but i will explain in this review exactly why it maybe doesn't quite deserve to get five stars.
Firstly just like Now 83 there are handfuls on songs missing:-
Adele - Skyfall - Missed out on a place in the Now 83 tracklist and i was half expectinbg to make this album instead, but it wasn't to be. However i'm not really a fan of her music and particuarly this song, so i'm not too fussed.
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko - Stay - Her previous single 'Diamonds' is on here so i was really expecting a double appearance here, especially the fact that she has double appearances on the last THREE spring Now albums, she actually makes THREE on the spring 2011 album Now 78. So surprised this song wasn't on here, again not really a big fan of Rihanna either, so i'm not too fussed.
Rita Ora - Shine Ya Light - peaked 8 places higher than 'Radioactive' but left the charts months ago not long after Now 83 was released so they've decided to go with the newer song.
One Direction - Kiss You - Triple appearances would be a big ask for 1D as they already have 2 songs on this album but why did it have to be this song that missed out? It is far better than both the songs already on this album, the fact that it probably didn't get to number 1 is probably why. I very much doubt it will appear on Now 85 as the song will be very old by then.
Lawson - Learn to Love Again - I was really surprised they included the very dated 'Standing in the Dark' which peaked at #6 back in October/November time, again this song peaked a fair bit lower at #13, so they obviously decided to choose the high charter over the newer song.
Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love - Was expecting this song to make it as all his previous hits (apart from Drunk) have been on Now albums but it wasn't to be, it only peaked at #18 on the UK singles chart but that's still higher then 'Small Bump' which peaked even lower at #25 but still got a place on the Now 82 tracklist.
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man - An Now 85 appearance may well be on the cards as his previous single 'Locked Out of Heaven' is on here.
The Script - If You Could See Me Now - This song believe it or not, peaked higher than their single 'Breakeven' which was featured in 2009's Now 72, but i'm not fussed at all really as i already have their album and this song isn't really Now material to be honest.
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - Suit and Tie - peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart but somehow didn't make it.
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors - speant three weeks at number 1 earlier this month but is somehow absent, may be featured in Now 85 instead.
Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis & Wanz - Thrift Shop - Really thought this song was going to be on here as it reached No. 1 back in February, a Now 85 appearance is still possible as DJ Fresh's 'Hot Right Now' reached No. 1 last February and was absent on Now 81 so appeared in Now 82 instead.
Baauer - Harlem Shake - This song is cringeworthingly awful and i'm glad it didn't make it. I hope it isn't on Now 85.
Then there's the very dated songs that really should have been on Now 83
Rihanna - Diamonds
Girls Aloud - Something New
Lawson - Stranding in the Dark
The following list of songs are also a good few months old
James Arthur - Impossible
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida - Troublemaker
Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven
Ke$ha - Die Young
Little Mix - DNA
Dislosure feat. Sam Smith - Latch
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
One Direction - Little Things
All the rest are probably really New or just one or 2 months old. I also feel that the first disc (especially the second half) is a little bit heavy on female artists (not to be sexist or anything) which is just another factor that drags this album down a little.
Then there's the positives
* It has no less tracks than Now 83 and more tracks then the last two spring albums Now 78 and Now 81.
* Every song has peaked within the top 20 of the UK singles chart. Rita Ora's 'Radioactive' charting the lowest at #18.
* It's nice to see a rather unexpected but nice appearance of Fleetwood Mac's 1988 hit, 'Everywhere' on the album, We all have the dancing pony to thank for that :D
* The song that reached number one the day before the album was released was actually on the album, The Saturdays 'What About Us' something all 3 of last years albums failed to do.
That's about all i can say really, It's a decent album and definetly worth getting, and if your'e into the current music scene it's must buy, i'm sure we'll be in for an impressive summer album in Now 85 when it will be released this July. As for Now though give this one a try, it might just be your money's worth.