The Wanted (album)

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The Wanted
Studio album by The Wanted
Released 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Pop, dance-pop
Length 45:18
Label Geffen
Producer Steve Mac, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Greg Kurstin, Phat Fabe, Guy Chambers, Richard Flack, Dreamlab, Jamie Hartman, Harry Sommerdahl, Chris Young, Katelyn Welch, Ashley Brooks
The Wanted chronology
The Wanted
(2010)
Battleground
(2011)
Singles from The Wanted
  1. "All Time Low"
    Released: 25 July 2010 (2010-07-25)
  2. "Heart Vacancy"
    Released: 17 October 2010 (2010-10-17)
  3. "Lose My Mind"
    Released: 26 December 2010 (2010-12-26)

The Wanted is the self-titled debut studio album by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, released on 22 October 2010 through Geffen Records. The majority of the album was written by members of the band, with help from songwriters Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett, Lucas Secon, Lukas Hilbert and Alexander Kronlund. The album was available in multiple editions, including a deluxe edition exclusive to Tesco, which contained two bonus remixes and two videos, and individual band member editions, exclusive to HMV, which featured a bonus slipcase and liner notes related to the respective band member. The album debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart, and at number eleven in Ireland. The album produced three singles which attained UK chart success, including the number-one single "All Time Low".

Singles[edit]

"All Time Low" was released on 25 July 2010, as the group's debut single. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. In Ireland, the track peaked at number 13, after four weeks on the chart. Internationally, "All Time Low" was released on 22 October 2010 in Germany, peaking at number 44, and on 1 July 2011 in the United States, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot Club Dance Songs Chart. Its official video currently has over 22 million views on YouTube.

"Heart Vacancy" was released on 17 October 2010, as the group's second single. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The track became the band's second top twenty single in Ireland, peaking at number 18. Its video currently has more than ten million views on YouTube. "Heart Vacancy" is currently the band's only single not to be released internationally.

"Lose My Mind" was released on 26 December 2010, as the group's third single. It peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, but only managed to peak at number 30 in Ireland. The low chart positions may have been caused by the single's release date being brought forward from 13 January 2011 to 26 December 2010. The single was also released in Germany on 4 March 2011, where it peaked at number 36, and it was released in the United States on 11 June 2012, becoming the band's fourth single there. Its video currently has over six million views on YouTube.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
4Music 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (favourable)[3]
CityLife 3/5 stars[4]
Heat 4/5 stars[5]
The Independent (positive)[6]
Music Week (favourable)[7]
Shields Gazette 1/10[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[10]

Music Week gave the album a favourable review stating, "This eponymous album sounds like the kind of radio friendly, polished buy playful, and melody-packed album a pop act should make in 2010. It has its moments of innovation – like the vaguely menacing sub bass of 'Say It on the Radio' or the spaghetti western stylings of 'Let's Get Ugly' – but both songs soon resolve into massive choruses that will sounds great coming out of your radios and TVs."[7] Heat '​s Karen Edwards rated the album four out of five, saying "The boys switch lead vocal duties throughout, and from indie ballad 'Golden', the sweet pop sounds of 'Heart Vacancy' and the Kings of Leon-inspired 'Lose My Mind' [...] to the cheeky Midwest style of 'Let's Get Ugly', there are plenty of different sounds to enjoy. [...] There's something for everyone on The Wanted – not just for the teenie-boppers among us."[5] Fraser McAlpine of BBC Music felt the album had plenty of highs and lows, and stated, "There are signs of pop evolution at work within the genes of this lot. [...] Arresting songs, with masses of personality – like the swoony, choral [Hi &] Low, or the downright Wild Beasts-y Golden – sit next to the formulaic (but y’know, fine) Say It on the Radio or Personal Soldier: the very acme of nothing ventured, nothing gained."[3]

Paul Taylor of CityLife said the album is hardly full of surprises and wrote, "Working with Scanda-pop producers Cutfather and Carl Falk and the likes of Steve Mac and Guy Chambers yields a very particular brand of big glossy pop, which manages to sprinkle in a little teen indie spirit as well as a helping of Taio Cruz-style electro. There is, inevitably, a bit of an Eighties feel there."[4] In his review for The Independent, Simon Price wrote: "Their front-loaded debut, penned by the A-list of pop songwriters (Cathy Dennis, Guy Chambers, Taio Cruz), covers all boy band bases, from the Coldplay-meets-Akon smash "All Time Low" to Westlife-esque ballad "Heart Vacancy" and will sell by the truckload to girls who find JLS too scarily urban." 4Music gave the album four out of five stars describing it as "the complete opposite of what we're using to hearing from boybands. [...] there's a few 'lighters in the air' moments, but for the most part it's up-tempo, catchy and [...] credible pop music that you shouldn't feel ashamed for liking."[2] Virgin Media's Ian Gittins gave the album three out of five stars and said the album appealed to "pre-teens and tweenies", and concluded: "No matter how accomplished the packaging, they could not do this if the songs were not in place, and slick confections such as Replace My Heart and Weakness hint that they have located a lucrative musical niche somewhere between JLS and early Justin Timberlake. [...] This is a polished, efficient album of ultra-contemporary pop and R&B, with only the Ennio Morricone-sampling Let's Get Ugly misjudging the cheese levels."[10] The Shields Gazette gave the album a rating of 1 out of 10 and wrote, "If saccharine-coated pop and multi-layered choruses are your thing you'll love it: I never want to hear it again."[8]

Tour[edit]

The Wanted toured the UK in March and April 2011 in support of the album. The band's support acts were Lawson, Twenty Twenty and Starboy Nathan.

Date City Country Venue
United Kingdoms
28 March 2011 Manchester England O2 Apollo Manchester
29 March 2011
30 March 2011 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
1 April 2011 Brighton Brighton Centre
2 April 2011 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
3 April 2011 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
5 April 2011 Plymouth England Plymouth Pavilions
6 April 2011 London Hammersmith Apollo
7 April 2011
9 April 2011 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
10 April 2011 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
11 April 2011 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
13 April 2011 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
14 April 2011
15 April 2011 Edinburgh Edinburgh Playhouse

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All Time Low"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett Mac 3:25
2. "Heart Vacancy"   Mich Hansen, Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon, Wayne Hector Jeberg, Cutfather 3:44
3. "Lose My Mind"   Nina Woodford, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk Rami, Falk, The Wideboys 3:50
4. "Replace Your Heart"   Cathy Dennis, Greg Kurstin, Kasia Livingston Kurstin 4:07
5. "Hi & Low"   Greg Laswell Phat Fabe 3:41
6. "Let's Get Ugly"   Ennio Morricone, Guy Chambers, Mc. Stagger Chambers, Richard Flack 3:31
7. "Say It on the Radio"   George, Sykes, Kaneswaran, Parker, McGuiness, Daniel James, Leah Haywood Dreamlab 3:18
8. "Golden"   George, Sykes, Kaneswaran, Parker, McGuiness, Jamie Hartman Hartman 2:56
9. "Weakness"   George, Sykes, Kaneswaran, Parker, McGuiness, Woodford, Harry Sommerdahl, Fabian Torsson Phat Fabe, Sommerdahl 3:56
10. "Personal Soldier"   Guy Chambers, Steph Jones Chambers, Richard Flack 3:48
11. "Behind Bars"   George, Sykes, Kaneswaran, Parker, McGuiness, Chris Young Chris Young 3:01
12. "Made"   Guy Chambers, Taio Cruz Chambers, Flack 3:22
13. "A Good Day for Love to Die"   George, Sykes, Kaneswaran, Parker, McGuiness, Mich Hansen, Sharon Vaughn, Marcus John Bryant Jeberg, Cutfather 3:32

Charts and certifications[edit]