For those of you who’ve never heard of The Wanted, you’re in for a nice surprise. This five-member boy band based in London, England, have a really nice sound, and they’re riding the heels of the success of their smash, “Glad You Came,” with their first, self-titled US release. “The Wanted (Special Edition)” came with much anticipation for U.S. fans of the group who’d been clamoring for more of the boys ever since that record hit the charts.
The boys of The Wanted, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, first came together in 2009 and released their debut, eponymous album in 2010. The album’s lead single, “All Time Low,” debuted at #1 on the UK charts and started their great wave of success that would eventually take them all the way to North America. The group’s second album, “Battleground,” was released in November of 2011 and the excitement over that record in the U.K. finally brought them into the limelight over here.
The new EP is a combination of songs from both The Wanted albums, and features a nice mixture of catchy pop songs and tender ballads that carry real potential to further catapult the band’s success. Take a look at the tracks found on “The Wanted (Special Edition)”:
Glad You Came
The sun goes down, the stars come out
And all that counts, is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came, I’m glad you came
The song “Glad You Came” has a really nice back beat that kind of reminds me of the Greek Islands. The melodies are fantastic as well and it’s got a chorus that sticks in your head long after a listen. The song’s success, as evidenced by a performance of it on the hit series “Glee,” as well as fan reaction to the accompanying promotional tour of the US, propelled the group to be noticed big time.
Chasing the Sun
The band’s second single here in the U.S. is another catchy, mid tempo pop song that’s got a nice hook and features a modern spin on the boy band sound, complete with “oh, oh, oh’s.” Check it out right here.
All Time Low
The Wanted’s very first single has a dramatic feel to it, with strings accompanying the verses, and like many of the other songs on the record, it’s very catchy. The British accent on the vocals is something you don’t hear often from Brit singers and it’s one of those things that makes the tunes so appealing. Check out “All Time Low” right here.
One of my favorite songs off the album is my favorite type of song, with down tempo verses rising up in the chorus to a catchy, uplifting sing-along. Take a listen right here.
You know it’s just a little bit frightening
We might as well be playing with lightning
Though not released as a single yet here in the US, this sultry, fast-moving song is the third UK single off “Battleground.” “Lightning” is The Wanted at their best, combining a rhythmic, seriously humming music track with nice vocals and a very memorable chorus. Check out the equally steamy video right here.
This early ballad from the boys’ first album is tender and sweet, if not a little bit on the sappy side. Take a listen right here.
Here’s another pleasing slow to mid tempo song that was the band’s lead single off “Battleground.” Digital Spy’s Lewis Corner called the song a “winning mix of thumping beats, melancholic synths and a twinkling piano hook that sounds like Coldplay having a Sunday School sing-along,” and that’s a great characterization. Check out the video for “Gold Forever” here.
Lose My Mind
“Lose My Mind” was the final single off of the debut set and is yet another catchy pop song with dance elements and a sweet chorus. Nice song! Catch it here.
I can’t believe I had to see
The girl of my dreams cheating on me
The pain you caused has left me dead inside
I’m gonna make sure, you regret that night
The latest single off “Battleground” effectively combines tender vocals and clever lyrics with great production that effectively employs a little bit of dubstep. Written by band members Max and Tom, this one is another favorite! Check out the video for “Warzone” right here.
The final cut off “The Wanted (Special Edition)” also comes off the boys’ sophomore effort. The song is pleasant enough, yet it’s the one track on the EP that to me isn’t anything too special. You can take a listen here.
So just how far will The Wanted go? The boys have seen great success over in their native Britain, and there are plenty of good, quality songs on this one to make some serious waves here in the States, as well. We’ll just have to see.