Reviewed by Louise Totton
I am a child of the ‘80s and a teenager of the ‘90s. As such, along with all of my peers, I owned a pretty decent collection of the ‘NOW That’s What I Call Music’ CDs, and quite a chunk of my pocket money would be spent on them. The first one I bought was NOW 28, in 1994, because it had my three favourite songs of that summer (a rather eclectic mix of Wet Wet Wet, Aswad and Blur), and it’s safe to say that I was a fan from that point onwards. The NOW CDs have always contained lots of popular songs that are great to sing along to. The fact that the first NOW CD was released in 1983, and now over 30 years later we’re on to NOW 95 (NOW 96 is available from 7 April 2017) is a testament to their popularity and the quality of the track lists.
As well as the numbered series, the NOW collection also includes a number of themed CDs, including Christmas, Disney, Rock Ballads and Summer Party. Perhaps unsurprisingly, just in time for Mother’s Day, NOW have also released NOW That’s What I Call Mum. The track list comprises of a broad spectrum of ‘mum friendly’ songs, from as far back as the ‘80s and all the way up to 2016. The majority of the songs are ones that I could instantly recognise and sing along (badly) to in the kitchen. My personal favourites are Angels by Robbie Williams, 7 Years by Lukas Graham and Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murrs, along with some old school favourites by Take That, Westlife and Whitney Houston.
I really enjoyed listening to this CD, and the mixture of familiar songs and new ones, upbeat tracks (Happy by Pharrell Williams) and ballads (Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion) means that the album doesn’t get boring and there really would be something for most people to enjoy. Like many people these days, the only CD player I own is in the car, and it was a fantastic compilation to listen to whilst stuck in the drudgery of the M62 at rush hour.
At 2 CDs and 41 tracks, the total running time of the album is in excess of two and a half hours, and I think at an RRP of £11.99, this represents great value and is a reasonable pocket money purchase for a child to buy as a Mother’s Day gift. There is also more than a hint of nostalgia attached to the NOW CDs for me and other mums of a similar age, which would make it a great purchase.
For full track listing or to buy visit www.nowmusicstore.com.