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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.
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on 10 June 2013
This album is great, and has a very good mix of songs on it. I would highly recommend it if you like your moden pop music.
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on 6 July 2013
Very disappointed with the song selection. "now that what I call music" choices are in a decline. They use to pick the best songs which targeted all different streams with adequate song selection. I have all since Now 40 or even farther back and This album is probably the worst in the last 10 years. Why are there old songs on this release, is there not enough material to choose from? Please pick new stuff that's that's more main stream and fits the line of the previous NOW series. There are other compilations to choose from with mediocre at best artist around.
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on 25 March 2013
No 'Mirrors', no 'Thrift Shop', no 'Harlem Shake', no 'Stay', no 'Skyfall', no 'Suit & Tie' and no 'When I Was Your Man'! Instead, you get several tracks that had already peaked before Now 83 was released; e.g. 'Latch' and 'Diamonds', the latter of which is already available on at least half a dozen compilations. There are a few pre-Christmas minor hits that are hardly 'Now'; e.g. 'Love Is Easy' and 'Not Giving In'. You also get last year's hits from Little Mix and Lawson rather than their more recent releases, which will probably turn up on Now 85 in July. Throw in a few "blink and you'll miss them" two-week wonders from the start of the year, e.g. 'Black Chandelier' and 'Rewind', and a 25-year old track that re-charted as a one-week download fad, and this adds up to one of the weakest and laziest Now albums in a long time.
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on 8 June 2014
I bought it for myself as I have a long way to drive and I really enjoyed listening to the music. The delivery was on time. I do recommend it.
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on 9 June 2014
This was bought as a birthday present and my goddaughter said brilliant music so one very happy little bunnie thanks
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on 10 May 2014
Wow Now on 84 how did that happen been doing these for years so they must be popular a fab cd to have
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on 23 November 2013
I have been collecting the Now music series since they started production in the 1980s. Originally on 12 inch vinyl albums. then on cassettes and later on CDs. I have the whole series from number 1 and will continue to buy them as they issue so that my set remains up-to-date
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on 29 April 2013
Bought this for the kids - they love it i don't , there young i'm not , i like soulful house they don't , i like them and they like me , and thats what matters.

Buy this album if you jeans are hanging round the bottom of your a****, if there not don't

nuff said.
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on 3 July 2013
Not that great even though it the biggest selling album of 2013 in the UK (So Far)
there is only 4 songs i love, that's it (Rewind, Please Don't Say You Love Me, Ready or Not and impossible)

Roll on Now 85 that going to be the best of the year!
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