Wanted [Special Edition]

Wanted [Special Edition]

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The first boy band to score a number one without the aid of reality TV since Blue in 2001, five-piece the Wanted have played a big part in resurrecting the previously dying genre. The fact that first single "All Time Low" didn't receive huge X-Factor-style publicity, and was even snubbed by Radio 1, makes theirSee more details below

Overview

The first boy band to score a number one without the aid of reality TV since Blue in 2001, five-piece the Wanted have played a big part in resurrecting the previously dying genre. The fact that first single "All Time Low" didn't receive huge X-Factor-style publicity, and was even snubbed by Radio 1, makes their success even more impressive. Their self-titled first album suggests that chart domination isn't unlikely to end soon. With an eclectic sound taking in indie, rock, dance, and pop, the Wanted are truly a modern boy band, a million miles away from the safe, ballad-heavy housewife's favorites Boyzone and Westlife. Indeed, the Wanted is a far more accomplished and inventive a listen than the formulaic and repetitive debut from JLS, undoubtedly their closest contemporaries. "Let's Get Ugly" is a Kasabian-esque indie dance crossover, which samples The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme; "Say It on the Radio" is pulsating, synth-led R&B, reminiscent of Taio Cruz's two chart-toppers, while "Weakness" is infectious electro with shades of Pet Shop Boys' more recent output. The anthemic choruses of "Replace Your Heart" and "Personal Soldier" could easily have been lifted from Take That's comeback album, but undoubtedly, it's Coldplay who provide the album's surprising main influence. Both "All Time Low" and "Behind Bars" combine Viva la Vida-style strings with uplifting epic pop, while Jay sounds uncannily like Chris Martin himself on the gorgeous, piano-led Parachutes-era sounding "Hi and Low." Even the ballads avoid descending into generic schmaltz, with the big beats of "Golden" echoing One Republic's "Apologize," while second single "Heart Vacancy" is a subtle attempt at soulful R&B which showcases the band's impressive vocals. With several tracks aping the sounds of recent chart singles, the Wanted might not be the most original debut album, but thanks to its adventurous nature, it should appeal to even the most hardened pop cynics. [A Special Edition of the album was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602537006755
catalogNumber:
001679702
Rank:
100056

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wanted   Primary Artist
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Steve Pearce   Bass
John Parricelli   Guitar
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Mac   Bass,Keyboards
Chris Laws   Drums
Daniel Davidsen   Guitar
Jonas Jeberg   Keyboards
Rami Yacoub   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Carl Falk   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Mitch Hansen   Percussion
Dann Pursey   Guitar
Alex Smith   Keyboards
Doug Harper   Drums

Technical Credits

Cutfather   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Noel Zancanella   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Wayne Hector   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Nina Woodford   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Mike Green   Programming,Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer
J. Que   Vocal Producer
Jonas Jeberg   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rami Yacoub   Composer,Programming,Producer
Doug Fenske   Engineer
Jack McManus   Composer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Gabriela Schwartz   Marketing
Nathan Sykes   Composer
Ashley Tabor   Executive Producer
Lucas Secon   Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Programming,Producer
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mitch Hansen   Composer
Dann Pursey   Engineer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Elliot Gleave   Composer
Ed Drewett   Composer
Max George   Composer
Alex Smith   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nicholas "Ras" Furlong   Vocal Producer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer

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