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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2012-04-02 at EMI

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      01.07.2012 11:18
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      Good little compilation album...worth buying IMHO

      The Now (that's what I call music) albums have become ingrained in our UK album charts as an institution of British Music Collections for a number of years, being around since the early 80s. I remember owning Now 5 on cassette, when I was little, back in the days of Tears for Fears and the Pet Shop Boys! The music is often varied, and compromises of a collection of music that is in and around the charts at time of publication. There may be a few number ones, a few top 10s, a few novelty songs and a few surprises too (including songs that you thought have been long forgotten, but suddenly make an appearance back in the charts, thanks to TV shows like X-Factor of Glee).

      The genres of music are mixed, but have all been in the top40 - so you won't find any thrash metal, unless the song has made it into the top40 charts. Ranging from pop to rap, there is generally something for every taste. One of the things I like about the collection, is that I've found it to be a good way to discover new artists and listen to songs that you wouldn't necessarily choose to. I love it when a new Now album comes out, and having a scour to see what's been included. I have a taste barometer that I use though, before I decide on buying. I don't usually buy unless I like at least 10 tracks. Any less than that, then I don't see the value. However Now 81, I'm pleased to report is a pretty good collection.

      Now then, what's on this edition? Boasting songs from artists such as Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Rihanna, JLS. As well as the less "pop" Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine and the Military Wives. We also have Brits award winners and nominees, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Olly Murs making appearances. A good test to see if an artist is popular, is if they get 2 songs on a NOW album - and surprisingly, Rizzle Kicks appear on both CDs (I didn't see that one coming), as does Jessie J (ok, I saw that one). But what's this? Isn't someone missing from the album? No Adele? (I didn't see that one coming either).

      Some people ask "Is it worth the price?". Good question. You get 2 CDs, crammed with at least 20 tracks per disc, for a Recommended Retail Price of anywhere from £10-£15 (depending where you buy). On average, we're at looking 40 songs, for £15, giving us a price of 37p per song - which is a lot cheaper than most single downloads! Generally speaking, NOW release 2 albums a year, one around Easter, and the other before Christmas - hitting seasons nicely, so an easy stocking filler if ever there was one - chances are, there is something for everyone on these albums.

      Now81 is one of the better collections (but not the best), with about half of the tunes agreeing with my personal taste. When I put the CD on in my car - this is a general guide to what I listen to, and which ones I skip:

      Disc One
      PLAY 1. Somebody That I Used To Know-Gotye Feat. Kimbra
      PLAY 2. Paradise-Coldplay
      PLAY 3. Lego House-Ed Sheeran
      SKIP 4. Next To Me-Emeli Sande (I'm sorry, but I just can't stand her)
      PLAY 5. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)-Kelly Clarkson
      PLAY 6. Domino-Jessie J
      PLAY 7. Titanium-David Guetta Feat. Sia
      PLAY 8. Good Feeling-Flo Rida
      PLAY 9. The One That Got Away-Katy Perry
      SKIP 10. Last Time-Labrinth (meh)
      PLAY 11. Mama Do The Hump-Rizzle Kicks
      PLAY 12. Dance With Me Tonight-Olly Murs
      SKIP 13. Kiss The Stars-Pixie Lott
      SKIP 14. One Thing-One Direction (no thank you)
      PLAY 15. Seven Nation Army-Marcus Collins
      SKIP 16. Shake It Out-Florence + The Machine (meh)
      SKIP 17. Take Care-Drake Feat. Rihanna
      SKIP 18. Born To Die-Lana Del Rey (oh puh-lease, this song drives me nuts!)
      PLAY 19. Cannonball-Little Mix
      SKIP 20. Proud-JLS
      PLAY 21. Wherever You Are-Military Wives Choir, Gareth Malone & The London Metropolitan Orchestra

      Disc Two
      PLAY 1. Sexy And I Know It-LMFAO
      PLAY 2. Wild Ones-Flo Rida Feat. Sia
      PLAY 3. Marry The Night-Lady Gaga
      SKIP 4. Levels-Avicii (meh)
      SKIP 5. International Love-Pitbull Feat. Chris Brown (not really liking this one)
      SKIP 6. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)-Lloyd Feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
      SKIP 7. She Doesn't Mind-Sean Paul
      SKIP 8. Troublemaker-Taio Cruz
      SKIP 9. Elephant-Alexandra Burke Feat. Erick Morillo (I thought I was going to love this one, shame)
      SKIP 10. Antidote-Swedish House Mafia Vs Knife Party
      PLAY 11. When I Was A Youngster-Rizzle Kicks
      SKIP 12. Love Me-Stooshe Feat. Travie McCoy
      SKIP 13. Get Yourself Back Home-Gym Class Heroes Feat. Neon Hitch
      SKIP 14. You Da One-Rihanna (not on the strongest Rihanna tunes)
      PLAY 15. Bright Lights (Good Life)-Tinchy Stryder Feat. Pixie Lott
      PLAY 16. Twilight-Cover Drive
      SKIP 17. Alone Again-Alyssa Reid Feat. Jump Smokers (urgh, I hate this one)
      PLAY 18. Who You Are-Jessie J
      PLAY 19. Ray Charles-Chiddy Bang
      SKIP 20. T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)-will.i.am Feat. Mick Jagger / Jennifer Lopez
      SKIP 21. RockStar-Dappy Feat. Brian May (bleugh)

      In total: 21 plays, 21 skips. I bought this CD for £15 from HMV, so I've paid 71p per song that I like, and 21 free tracks that I'm not too bothered about.

      That's the music side of things, another element of the NOW albums that I always look out for, is the theme. I really like the covers and always make a point to see what the design is. It used to be that the colours and patterns would change every publication, but recently they've started to introduce objects - like umbrellas, presents, flip-flops - and this CD, the theme is bubbles...making quite an attractive cover.

      I would recommend this CD - it's easy listening, and has some huge artists as past of its collection. If you don't want to commit yourself to an artist's album, this is a nice way to own a few of their singles - and at 37p (approx) per track, you can't go that wrong.

      Thanks for reading :)


      © MarcoG 2012

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        07.05.2012 13:32
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        A good mix

        I do not religiously buy the Now albums as some of the previous ones only have a couple of songs I like on there. On picking up this one though I read through the track list and I was really impressed with the collection. Now albums have been going strong for many years with the first one being released in 1983. The albums basically select around 40 good songs from Polygram, Sony, Virgin and EMI record labels that have been hits the year and put them together in a funky double album. There are usually three productions of the Now series per year; although it used to be two. Two is more than enough really; three albums a year is just plain greedy. They have one released in Easter (this one) one in summer and then one in November ready for the Christmas present season. I find that the Easter Collection is usually the strongest as there is always some great songs released over Christmas and it is the longest period of time that the songs get selected from. Although typically a pop album and will always fall under this genre, I was impressed with this album as it features some of the less poppy tunes such as Gotye, Florence and the machines and Lana del Rey. Obviously no pop album is complete without its dose of JLS and Lady Gaga however.

        ==Price and availability==

        The album is great for a party as it will allow you to hit play and enjoy some really good music without you having to play DJ all night or it is a great mix for putting in the CD player in the car. The album is priced at £11.99 which is a really good price ad I have previously bought Now albums that cost £15.00! Paying £11.99 for a 42 song album is extremely reasonable when to download each song separately it will cost you at least 79p each. You can buy the album from any store that has a good sized music section (I bought my copy from Tesco) or you can download it online from ITunes for example. The album was released on the 2nd April 2012 and it currently sits on the Itunes number one stop in their album charts.

        ==Playlist for the summer==

        1.
        Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye feat Kimbra. This is a really good song and I really fell in love with it. It was number one for ages so a good choice to kick the album off with.
        2. Paradise by Coldplay. I'm not a big Coldplay fan to be honest and I find this song quite repetitive. This is definitely one I will fast forward.
        3. Lego House by Ed Sheeran. Oh Ed, this is a lovely song and I love his voice. It is so stong and beautiful. A great song for the album because I will never buy his own album but I love this song.
        4. Next To Me by Emeli Sandé. This is a great song to get your groove on to.
        5. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson. This is a great feel good pop song by Kelly and really makes me sing aloud.
        6. Domino by Jessie J. This is good but I prefer the other Jessie J song on the album.
        7. Titanium by David Guetta feat Sia. Sia has an amazing voice, another great song by David Guetta. Poppy and dancy at the same time.
        8. Good Feeling by Flo Rida. A great song to dance to, great beat.
        9. The One That Got Away by Katy Perry. I like Katy Perry so I enjoy listening to this song.
        10. Last Time by Labrinth. I'm not a big fan of labrinth so I tend to skip this track.
        11. Mama Do The Hump by Rizzle Kicks. I like this song and it puts me in a really good mood.
        12. Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs. Another track I have to skip.
        13. Kiss The Stars by Pixie Lott. I had not heard this until I bought the album, it is a great easy listening song.
        14. One Thing by One Direction. One direction, the band I love to hate. A great pop song that you will not be able to not sing along with.
        15. Seven Nation Army by Marcus Collins. I'm not a big fan of this so skip it.
        16. Shake It Out Florence + The Machine . I love florence, this is a great upbeat song that really sets off her vocals.
        17. Take Care by Drake feat Rihanna. I'm a big fan of Drake and love his husky rapping with Rihannas voice. The beat to this is captivating; one of my favourite songs.
        18. Born To Die by Lana Del Rey. A great song by Lana and very different to feel of the album. Certainly slower and much more mellow.
        19. Cannonball by Little Mix. An easy listening song that makes me smile.
        20. Proud by JLS. A great pop ballad by JLS.
        21. Wherever You Are by Military Wives Choir. This gives me tears in my eyes when I hear it so I tend to skip it. A really strong lovely song.
        CD 2
        1.
        Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO. A great start to disc two, fun and catchy and you can't help by wiggle.
        2. Wild Ones by Flo Rida feat. Sia. Amazing vocals by Sia, this is a great song to drive to.
        3. Marry The Night by Lady Gaga. No album is complete without a Gaga song and this is her latest single.
        4. Levels by Avicii. A great dance song that will get everone dancing.
        5. International Love by Pitbull feat Chris Brown. I love Pitbulls growly tones, a great dance song.
        6. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) by Lloyd feat Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne. This has a great fun feeling to it and really gets me grooving to the corus.
        7. She Doesn't Mind by Sean Paul. I find Sean Paul really irritating, I skip this
        8. Troublemaker by Taio Cruz. I love this song, Taio Cruz has a great voice.
        9. Elephant by Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo. Nice to hear Burke is back with such a good song.
        10. Antidote by Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party. Definitely more of a dance song, I quite like it though.
        11. When I Was A Youngster by Rizzle Kicks. I love Rizzle Kicks at the minute, great song.
        12. Love Me by Stooshe feat. Travie McCoy. This reminds me of a girl aloud song, fun and upbeat.
        13. Get Yourself Back Home by Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch. I love this, it is an excellent pop track.
        14. You Da One by Rihanna. I love most things by Rihanna so I really like this song, it is not my favourite but I do like it.
        15. Bright Lights (Good Life) by Tinchy Stryder feat. Pixie Lott. This is a great song set of nicely with Pixie Lotts beautiful voice.
        16. Twilight by Cover Drive. This is a take of leave song for me, bit too girly and non descript.
        17. Alone Again by Alyssa Reid feat. Jump Smokers. A great beat, feel good song.
        18. Who You Are by Jessie J. I love this Jessie J gone. No pop album would be complete without her.
        19. Ray Charles by Chiddy Bang. A nice pop rap song, a good beat and great piano rifts.
        20. T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) by Will.i.am feat. Mick Jagger / Jennifer Lopez. I hate this, Will.i.am is really annoying and I hate the electro beat sound. It bores me.
        21. RockStar by Dappy feat Brian May. Little Dappy is flying solo. Despite me disliking him, I like this song and it makes me sing along with him. Really catchy and good fun, a feel god song.

        ==Overall==

        So out of this double album there is less than five songs I want to skip and the rest are fantastic. I consider this a really good buy. It is fun and easy to listen to and at last, an album that is good value for money.

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          27.04.2012 22:26
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          Some good songs but not a compilation particularly to my tastes

          Since Now 47 was one of the first CDs I ever bought, I feel so old now that the franchise is already up to their 81st compilation CD. While I bought quite a few back when I was a child and young teenager, my musical tastes have changed quite a lot since then and I can't say that I generally love most chart music that I hear nowadays. Despite only being 22 years old, I rarely know what current songs are called or who they're by, and generally end up listening to the same albums when at home or out and about on my iPod. That said, I do enjoy going out to bars and clubbing and so I am familiar with a lot of stuff that is played there, and genuinely like a lot of it in a drunk and dancing context. The music I like when I'm out, however, and what I choose to listen to in my own time rarely coincide, and so listening to this compilation and reviewing it is a bit of an oddity for me.

          Now That's What I Call Music

          The 'Now' series is well known in Britain as they have been around for a few decades now, bringing out double CD compilations of recent songs that have done well in the charts. The vast majority of what is included therefore unsurprisingly falls into the pop, dance and R&B genres, but generally popular and well selling songs will find their way onto these CDs. Considering they consist of two CDs which each contain around twenty tracks, there's a lot of music to be found here, and they're a good thing to buy if you want to be up to date on the music of the time.

          Now 81

          Now 81 is the latest CD in the franchise to be released. At 42 tracks and 2.5 hours of music, there's quite a lot packed on here. There are many songs here that I know very well or at least find very familiar, such as Titanium - David Guetta and Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, there are also many songs that I have to confess to never having heard of before, such as Who You Are - Jessie J or Twilight - Cover Drive.

          What I Thought.

          After listening to the compilation a few times I have to say that I have found a few songs that I have grown to really like, but there are also some that I will never listen to ever again. My favourite from the whole compilation would probably have to be Next to Me by Emeli Sandé, which I had heard before when my flatmate had been listening to it, but hadn't realised how much I liked it until I'd properly listened to it a couple of times. I also have to profess to really enjoying Dizzle Kick's song, When I Was A Youngster, as it's very cheery and upbeat and makes me want to dance along to it even when I'm just sitting listening to it in bed. I was also happy to see a Sean Paul song featured on here, as I used to have his first album way back when, but have only heard a few songs from him over the past few years. His song on Now 81, She Doesn't Mind, is a really enjoyable song which also makes me want to move.

          That said, there were some songs on this compilation that will be making their way to my recycle bin as soon as I have finished writing this review. The first of these is the cover of Damien Rice's song, Cannonball, by Little Mix. While the first verse is decent, the rest of it is pretty dire, in no way capturing what I enjoyed about the original song. I also have to say that I don't like the Military Wives' Choir's song, Wherever You Are. I understand the idea behind it and yes it's a very nice thought blah blah, but that doesn't make it an enjoyable song or anything I want to listen to ever in my life.

          Other than that, much of the album falls in to the 'average' category, in my mind. True, I can be quite picky about music, but so much stuff that is released and is popular I just find samey or dull. If a song has a great beat and is good to dance to then chances are I'll really like it, as I'd like hearing it and dancing to it in clubs, but if it's slow or by a boy/girl band then I'm unlikely to be too much of a fan. There are quite a few songs on this compilation that, despite not being particularly bad, are just dull. If I go from listening to some of these songs and then to something I properly like and listen to on a daily basis, I notice a world of difference and have no idea why I was listening to the former at all.

          Well Chosen Songs?

          Since the songs included are based on what most people enjoy and what is popular, obviously most people are going to be at least generally happy with what they find on this compilation. I myself have said that I do genuinely like a few of the songs included and even discovered a few that I would be happy to listen to again, but I generally didn't love listening to this compilation. If I had my pick of songs that have been in the charts over the past few months, I likely would have chosen differently, but since this compilation is made for the general public and not one specific listener, it's hard to please everybody.

          Conclusion

          This was a decent compilation, which if anything reminded me of some songs that I recognised and liked but didn't know the name of, as well as introducing me to some different ones. That said, I will be deleting most of them on finishing this review, and in fact have had to go from listening to it to listening to Bruce Springsteen as a bit of relief from some of the rubbish on there. In terms of whether you'd like it or not, I'd say look at the track list and decide from there: if you know and like a lot of the songs, then chances are you'll like the compilation, but if you're like me and prefer your own albums and only like a few chart songs, this CD probably isn't for you. At £9.99 for a download (or £11.99 for the physical CD from Amazon) it's really good value considering that you get 42 tracks, but obviously only if you like enough of them. In my view, I'm glad I borrowed this from my friend instead of paying for it, as I wouldn't have got my money's worth had I paid a tenner for it.

          Appendix: Track List

          Disc 1:
          1. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
          2. Coldplay - Paradise
          3. Ed Sheeran - Lego House
          4. Emeli Sande - Next To Me
          5. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
          6. Jessie J - Domino
          7. David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
          8. Flo Rida - Good Feeling
          9. Katy Perry - The One That Got Away
          10. Labrinth - Last Time
          11. Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
          12. Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
          13. Pixie Lott - Kiss The Stars
          14. One Direction - One Thing
          15. Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army
          16. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
          17. Drake ft. Rihanna - Take Care
          18. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
          19. Little Mix - Cannonball
          20. JLS - Proud
          21. Military Wives - Wherever You Are


          Disc 2:
          1. LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It
          2. Flo Rida ft. Sia - Wild Ones
          3. Lady Gaga - Marry The Night
          4. Avicii - Levels
          5. Pitbull ft. Chris Brown - International Love
          6. Lloyd ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne - Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)
          7. Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind
          8. Taio Cruz - Troublemaker
          9. Alexandra Burke ft. Erick Morillo - Elephant
          10. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party - Antidote
          11. Rizzle Kicks - When I Was A Youngster
          12. StooShe ft. Travie McCoy - Love Me
          13. Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch - Get Yourself Back Home
          14. Rihanna - You Da One
          15. Tinchy Stryder ft. Pixie Lott - Bright Lights
          16. Cover Drive - Twilight
          17. Alyssa Reid ft. Jump Smokers - Alone Again
          18. Jessie J - Who You Are
          19. Chiddy Bang - Ray Charles
          20. will.i.am ft. Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez - T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)
          21. Dappy ft. Brian May - RockStar

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            25.04.2012 01:50
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            Disc 2 isn't as good as disc 1 but hey it's NOW!

            ~*~*~ Now That's What I Call Music 81 ~*~*~


            My son is very nearly 11yrs old and he gets bought the Now That's What I Call Music albums by his granddad whenever one is released, I don't mind this at all after all it saves me the money and I still get to listen to them! He did used to buy them for me when I was younger too.... Lovely daddy :)
            I have to start off by saying there have been a few Now's released that I saw pretty pointless (in my opinion), the songs were very samey and I generally didn't like them apart from a few tracks, it just didn't seem worth buying the album for 3 songs but I was looking through my sons CD collection not long ago to stick on whilst me and a few friends were getting ready for a night out and I came across Now 79 and Now 80, I grabbed these and found that they were more or less filled with songs I liked so I did anticipate the release of Now 81.

            My son had the album bought for him and after transfering the songs onto his PS3 he handed me the discs to listen too, I have a CD player in the kitchen which I do tend to have on pretty much all day every day, so in there went disc 1.

            ~ Disc 1 ~

            Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
            Coldplay - Paradise
            Ed Sheeran - Lego House
            Emeli Sande - Next To Me
            Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
            Jessie J - Domino
            David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
            Flo Rida - Good Feeling
            Katy Perry - The One That Got Away
            Labrinth - Last Time
            Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
            Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
            Pixie Lott - Kiss The Stars
            One Direction - One Thing
            Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army
            Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
            Drake ft. Rihanna - Take Care
            Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
            Little Mix - Cannonball
            JLS - Proud
            Military Wives - Wherever You Are
            ~ My Thoughs on Disc 1 ~

            From the first song I had high expectations, it started off with a great song, Somebody That I Used To Know was number 1 in the charts and was all over the TV music stations and the radio, it is a brilliantly catchy tune. I'm not fussed on track 2 but I do like a bit of Ed Sheeran, he is a fantastic artist with an incrediable voice, Next To Me is another excellent track another singer with a brilliant soulful voice. Tracks 5 and 6 also fair well and David Guetta ft. Sia's Titanium is a brilliant dancy tune, just great for getting ready to go out. The whole of disc 1 is really quite good with songs by Flo Rida, Katy Perry, the lovely Olly Murs, Pixie Lott plus a lot more. It really does offer a great choice and the songs are all pretty new, with a lot being still in the charts.

            ~ Disc 2 ~

            LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It
            Flo Rida ft. Sia - Wild Ones
            Lady Gaga - Marry The Night
            Avicii - Levels
            Pitbull ft. Chris Brown - International Love
            Lloyd ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne - Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)
            Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind
            Taio Cruz - Troublemaker
            Alexandra Burke ft. Erick Morillo - Elephant
            Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party - Antidote
            Rizzle Kicks - When I Was A Youngster
            StooShe ft. Travie McCoy - Love Me
            Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch - Get Yourself Back Home
            Rihanna - You Da One
            Tinchy Stryder ft. Pixie Lott - Bright Lights
            Cover Drive - Twilight
            Alyssa Reid ft. Jump Smokers - Alone Again
            Jessie J - Who You Are
            Chiddy Bang - Ray Charles
            will.i.am ft. Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez - T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)
            Dappy ft. Brian May - RockStar

            ~ My Thoughts on Disc 2 ~

            As with most albums disc 2, although offers a great range of songs, they aren't as good as the ones on the first disc. With songs by Lady Gaga, Flo Rida ft. Sia, LMFAO, Rhianna, Jessie J plus more, you won't be disappointed at all. It offers a good selection of songs some more popular than others.

            ~ My Thoughts on a whole ~


            Okay, I have listened to Now 81 quite a lot, admitedly I have used disc 1 more but on a whole the album does offer a really good choice and range.
            The Now collections are a popular and great way of buying a whole range of music and as they are released approximatly every 6 months or so, this can sometimes be a bad thing as the songs can sometimes be very samey over a few albums but the last three have been brilliant and I look forward to my son being bought more.

            Now was first released in 1983 and has always offered a good compilation of tracks. I remember being bought Now 26 when I was younger and it seemed then they were released less often than they are now. By simply looking at the year they were first released it's obvious to see that they do do really well to still be making them now. I have a good collection of Now albums and also some of the Christmas albums and a few others. Like I have previously mentioned they can be great or you can think not much of the album but on a whole the Now range is great.

            Now 81 consists of a really great compilation of artists and songs and I am really enjoying listening to it. Priced at around £10 - £15

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            This latest CD in the Now! Collection is my least favourite of the last few years. When I was a child we always used to buy these but as I got older I stopped buying them in favour of albums by specific artists. Over the last few years however, I have got back into the habit of buying these CDs as they are perfect for us with two girls who absolutely love music. The CDs always promise to have the biggest artists and songs on the 2 disc collection and this one does with the likes of Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Katie Perry but somehow it's just not as good as the more recent ones we have bought.

            Released around once every six months, they are handy for us to have in the car with young children, especially when you can never guarantee what will come on the radio next and often it's a load of rubbish anyway! We find that we just start to become bored of the songs on the 2 CDs, and then another is released and we are then able to buy a new one.

            The latest CD came out (2 April) when we were due to go to Cornwall and so I bought it straight away knowing it would come in useful during our 6 hour drive. At £10 you really can't go wrong for a 2 disc CD which will have quite a few of the latest songs that you like, providing you like popular music of course! While years ago the CDs seemed to only contain pop tracks, over recent years they do seem to have stretched out and have more dance tracks and songs you wouldn't necessarily expect to hear on a Now compilation album. We have also noticed that one CD seems to have pop tracks on while the other seems a lot more upbeat with dance tracks. Another thing (although this may have more to do with the music that is out rather than this compilation), is that a lot of the artists seem to appear regularly on the CD's, for example, Lana Del Ray, Olly Murs and Ed Sheeran to name but a few are on this CD but (with different songs) are also on the previous CD (Now 80) too - again this is more likely to do with the music out recently.

            The 2 CD's feature nine number one songs: Somebody That I Used to Know, Paradise, Domino, Titanium, Good Feeling, Dance with Me Tonight, Cannonball, Wherever You Are and Twilight.

            All in all a good CD with some good hits on it and several number one songs but could have been a bit better. Some of the songs can't have done very well in the charts as I haven't heard of a few of them (but maybe I'm just getting old!). If you like to buy just the hit songs rather than buy and listen to a whole artists album then this CD is for you.

            Track List (for those considering buying the CD):

            1. Somebody That I Used to Know
            Gotye featuring Kimbra

            2. Paradise
            Coldplay

            3. Lego House
            Ed Sheeran

            4. Next to Me
            Emeli Sandé

            5. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
            Kelly Clarkson

            6. Domino
            Jessie J

            7. Titanium
            David Guetta featuring Sia

            8. Good Feeling
            Flo Rida featuring Etta James

            9. The One That Got Away
            Katy Perry

            10. Last Time
            Labrinth

            11. Mama Do the Hump
            Rizzle Kicks

            12. Dance with Me Tonight
            Olly Murs

            13. Kiss the Stars
            Pixie Lott

            14. One Thing
            One Direction

            15. Seven Nation Army
            Marcus Collins

            16. Shake It Out
            Florence + The Machine

            17. Take Care
            Drake featuring Rihanna

            18. Born to Die
            Lana Del Rey

            19. Cannonball
            Little Mix

            20. Proud
            JLS

            21. Wherever You Are
            Military Wives & Gareth Malone

            Disc 2

            1. Sexy and I Know It
            LMFAO

            2. Wild Ones
            Flo Rida featuring Sia
            3. Marry the Night
            Lady Gaga

            4. Levels
            Avicii featuring Etta James

            5. International Love
            Pitbull featuring Chris Brown

            6. Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)
            Lloyd featuring André 3000 & Lil Wayne

            7. She Doesn't Mind
            Sean Paul

            8. Troublemaker
            Taio Cruz

            9. Elephant
            Alexandra Burke featuring Erick Morillo

            10. Antidote
            Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party

            11. When I Was a Youngster
            Rizzle Kicks

            12. Love Me
            StooShe featuring Travie McCoy

            13. Get Yourself Back Home
            Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch

            14. You Da One
            Rihanna
            15. Bright Lights
            Tinchy Stryder featuring Pixie Lott

            16. Twilight
            Cover Drive

            17. Alone Again
            Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers

            18. Who You Are
            Jessie J

            19. Ray Charles
            Chiddy Bang

            20. T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)
            Will.I.Am featuring Jennifer Lopez & Mick Jagger

            21. Rockstar
            Dappy featuring Brian May

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