Battleground

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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: 602527790893
  • Catalog Number: 2779089
  • Sales rank: 132,627

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glad You Came (3:18)
  2. 2 Lightning (3:23)
  3. 3 Warzone (3:38)
  4. 4 Invincible (3:09)
  5. 5 Last To Know (3:34)
  6. 6 I'll Be Your Strength (3:25)
  7. 7 Rocket (3:17)
  8. 8 I Want It All (3:21)
  9. 9 The Weekend (3:08)
  10. 10 Lie To Me (3:43)
  11. 11 Gold Forever (4:02)
  12. 12 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    The Wanted is amazing!

    The Wanted is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    You must check out this item!!!

    All the songs are awesome!!!!

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