Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Now 87 review - Now that's what I call music!

My 7 year old has recently discovered pop music and is quite distinct in his taste. Gone are the days of endlessly listening to Gangnam Style, he is finally deciding what he does and does not like and why. The opportunity arose to review a copy of Now 87, to which Sam was very enthusiastic indeed. He couldn't wait for it to arrive.

Now, I think that it's important to put this review in to context. I had to enlist the help of my seven year old as quite frankly my knowledge of popular music is erm basic to say the least. I know what I like, and I quite like pop music despite my almost (but not quite) 40 years on this planet BUT I probably couldn't tell you who any of the songs are by. However, due to this mundane fact, I found myself quite drawn to the Now 87 compilation. Basically, all the songs I hum, mumble and sing away to in the car when listening to the radio...and travelling on my own, now I can look up what they actually are and who sings them....result!

Sam, Harry and I have developed some favourites naturally. Harry loves 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams (don't we all?), which has come about after watching Despicable Me 2. Sam is drawn more towards the likes of Sam Smith's 'Money on my Mind' and Avicii's 'Hey Brother' and of course, I can't refuse a bit of Garry Barlow and 'Let me go' intertwined with a bit of ballad-singing (on my own in the car of course) 'Say Something' from A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.

CD1 is a real hit on the school run and currently CD 2 is, I feel, being a little neglected. However, I think this was true when I was younger (think we were on about Now 12 at this point). I promise that we will make a concerted effort to listen to CD2 over the next week or so and will update with our favourites from there.


It's been quite a while since I bought a CD of any description, largely as I use Spotify but there is something quite nice about owning a physical CD. I wonder whether at some point CDs will become null and void in the same way that records and cassettes have. Will we be downloading Now 187 in the future, no longer able to buy a CD? I hope not.
Now 87 is a great compilation of popular music and there really is something on there for kids and parents alike.....I suppose I ought to try it out on the Grandparents really but perhaps that would be just one step too far?

Disclosure - I was given a copy of NOW 87 free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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