Battleground

Battleground

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by The Wanted
     
 

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Eschewing the usual "stand up for the key change ballads" of Westlife, the clichéd urban "fun in the club" knockoffs of JLS, and the tailor-made stadium rock anthems of Take That, the Wanted burst onto the pop scene in 2010 as one of the more exciting boy bands ofSee more details below

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Eschewing the usual "stand up for the key change ballads" of Westlife, the clichéd urban "fun in the club" knockoffs of JLS, and the tailor-made stadium rock anthems of Take That, the Wanted burst onto the pop scene in 2010 as one of the more exciting boy bands of their generation. But while their self-titled debut album included everything from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-sampling dance-rock, angular indie disco, and Coldplay-esque tearjerkers, their follow-up, Battleground, is disappointingly a little more pedestrian. Indeed, having stumbled across a successful dance-pop formula, the quintet now seems scared to deviate from the now trademark brand of trance-lite synths, pulsing beats, and melancholic melodies first showcased on chart-topper "All Time Low." This hands-in-the-air approach dominates the album, whether it's the old-school rave of "The Weekend," the Guetta-esque electro-pop of "Lightning," or the Alphaville-influenced Red Nose Day single "Gold Forever," and while these are all serviceable dance-pop floor-fillers, only the authentic Balearic beats and accordion riffs of "Glad You Came" sound like they weren't spawned from a factory production line. The less uptempo numbers aren't much more inspiring either. There's the obligatory Ryan Tedder-style clattering R&B ballad ("Last to Know"), the dreary acoustic ballad ("I Want It All"), and the Diane Warren-penned power ballad ("Rocket"), which furthers the theory that the Grammy winner hasn't written anything worthwhile in over a decade. However, there are a few flashes of invention proving that the Wanted are still a cut above your average boy band. "Warzone" is a subtle attempt at dubstep that fuses somber piano chords and an epic soft rock chorus with distant wobble basslines and spacious beats, while the muted beats and minimal analog synths of "Be Your Strength" could have escaped from a James Blake record (if you ignore the song's over-earnest vocals). Battleground should still consolidate their position as heirs to the boy band throne, but with the likes of One Direction now snapping at their heels, they'll have to rediscover their inventive streak in the future if they are to ever take the crown.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0602527790893
catalogNumber:
2779089
Rank:
216204

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wanted   Primary Artist,Vocals
Guy Chambers   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Eliot Kennedy   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Pearce   Bass
Toby Scott   Keyboards
John Parricelli   Guitar
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Guitar,Keyboards
Brian Higgins   Keyboards
Steve Mac   Keyboards
Chris Laws   Drums
Matt Gray   Keyboards
Marcus Bonfanti   Guitar
Owen Parker   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Dann Pursey   Guitar
Joakim Olovsson   Guitar
Tim Deal   Keyboards
James Jayawardena   Keyboards
Jack Macmanus   Strings
Doug Harper   Drums

Technical Credits

Guy Chambers   Composer,Producer
Mike Green   Programming,Producer
Eliot Kennedy   Composer,Programming,Producer
Toby Scott   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brio Taliaferro   Programming
Tortuga   Producer
Richard Flack   Producer,drum programming
Wayne Hector   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Nina Woodford   Composer
Ben Taylor   Engineer
Mark Bishop   Vocal Engineer
Heather Bright   Composer
Matt Gray   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Phat Fabe   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Claude Kelly   Composer
Miranda Cooper   Composer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Owen Parker   Composer,Programming
Nathan Sykes   Composer
Pär Westerlund   Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Producer
Dann Pursey   Engineer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Tom Parker   Composer
Paro   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Joakim Olovsson   Composer
Tim Deal   Programming
Ed Drewett   Composer
Chris Young   Composer,Producer
Jay McGuiness   Composer
Siva Kaneswaran   Composer
Max George   Composer
Tricky Stewart   Programming
Uzoechi Emenike   Composer,Programming
James Jayawardena   Composer,Programming,Producer
Daniel Kaneswaran   Composer
Jack Macmanus   Composer
Bjorn Olovsson   Composer

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