The Wanted - Battleground

Read our track-by-track analysis of their latest album

Sun 13 Nov 2011

The Wanted continue to break the boyband mould on their latest album

Since making their chart debut in August 2010 with All Time Low, The Wanted have barely put a foot wrong.

Nathan, Jay, Max, Tom and Siva have consistently produced solid gold pop tunes that even the biggest of musical snobs would struggle to resist.

With their second album Battleground, the lads have succeeded in raising the bar once again, treating us to another smorgasbord of audio delights.

Fans of their No.1 hit Glad You Came will be pleased to hear that there's plenty more club-friendly tracks on offer here, including suitably-titled floor-filler The Weekend and Invincible, which offers up the genius lyric: "Tonight I feel invincible, so please don't tell the principal".

However, it's actually one of their ballads which truly separates them from the rest of the boyband pack. Penned by Max and Nathan, the dubstep-infused Warzone is their most mature effort to date. Featuring a haunting piano riff, emotional vocals and a truly epic chorus, it's easily the best thing they've ever recorded.

Admittedly, the album isn't without its flaws. Rocket, penned by Queen of the Ballads Diane Warren, keeps building but never truly takes off, while I Want It All features some slightly toe-curling lyrics.

At just 38 minutes long for the standard edition, it's an album which wisely leaves the listener wanting more and suggests that this is a band with a very bright future.

Best track: Warzone 

Best lyric: "Just you and me and the coats in the back room / Learning things they don't teach in the classroom" (Lightning)

4 out of 5

Battleground is out now. Catch The Wanted: Backstage in Brazil!, Monday 14 November at 3pm and 7pm on 4Music. 

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