- Audio CD (7 Nov. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B005AEQX0C
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Second studio album by the British boy band. Produced by Steve Mac, the album features the hit singles 'Gold Forever', 'Glad You Came' and 'Lightning'.
They lack JLS's pecs appeal or the Bieber-ish barnets of One Direction, but The Wanted are the all-male pop combo you could toddle down the pub with. Affected or not, this ‘lad band’ shtick has served the Anglo-Irish five-piece surprisingly well: their debut album, released last year, has shifted 400,000 copies and they've already notched up five top three hits.
This follow-up set seems primed to maintain the group's forward momentum. It finds the boys bouncing between the trancey dance-pop of their recent singles – the best of which is the almost melancholy Gold Forever – and bombastic mid-tempo ballads in the mould of Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic frontman and producer of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love. For the most part, Battleground is the pop LP equivalent of turning up at a traffic light party in a tight green T-shirt: neither subtle nor original, but it gets the job done.
Of course, it's also the second album from a successful and ambitious manufactured pop group, so that ol’ devil called ‘credibility’ inevitably rears its self-important head. Sundry band members nab writing credits on six of these tracks and there are attempts to at least peek outside the box. Lie to Me wouldn't disgrace itself on a recent Take That setlist; I Want It All recalls A1's guitar-strumming phase; and I'll Be Your Strength is a pulsing rave ballad on which Girls Aloud's producers, Xenomania, give the lads a lesson in self-restraint: once in a while, save the heavy pounding for the final minute, because sometimes it pays to work up to that explosive climax.
The result is a solid pop platter that's not lacking in personality – even if the latter does manifest itself in a smattering of lyrics clunkier than testing day at the seat belt factory. Really lads, does any likely lass want to be told "I'll make you sweat like you worked out"? The ribbing they'll get down the pub for that one will be entirely deserved. --Nick Levine
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Top Customer Reviews
Track one - Glad You Came, a great dancey song with good vocals and was a number one hit, most people will have heard this song by now, 9/10.
Track two - Lightning, another dancey song with a nice build up to the chorus, not as good as Glad You Came but still very good, 8/10.
Track three - Warzone, a cool ballad with interesting sounding dubstep elements that make it seem quite unique, 9/10.
Track four - Invincible, quite a haunting dance song with creepy vocals, the vocals are interesting and it has a very interesting backing track, 9/10.
Track five - Last To Know, a rock-ish power ballad with cool grungy sounds, and a very catchy chorus, also showcases vocals quite well, 8/10.
Track six - I'll Be Your Strength, this is my favourite off the album, a nice ballad that slowly develops into a full on dance track!Read more ›
What I like about The Wanted is that they share their vocals considerably so you get to hear everyone's voice, which is rare in a 5 piece boy band. All the songs on the album are worth listening to and the album grows on you every time you listen to it. I've listened to the album three times already and every time I hear it I love it even more. This album is not to be missed!!
I have bought tickets to see the Wanted in March and before i will go i wanted to buy their CD to refresh myself on their music, so i listened to a few songs on Youtube before purchasing and decided to eventually and am really glad i did as it is a great CD and i have no regrets.
Everyone unsure about this CD should buy it, it features some amazing songs and at a fabulous price too, as buying the songs separately on Itunes for example would be a lot more expensive!
BUY IT NOW!!!!!
Starting with light electronica before rip-roaring into some good ol' rock and roll, the opening track 'U Want It' is a blisteringly brilliant three minutes of high-end drama. Apparently autobiographical, the song deals with male pattern baldness and the woes of the dreaded STD's currently on the market.
With subject matter ranging from the plight of the panda bear ('U Can Help') to the wanton destruction caused by the UK riots earlier this year ('Apples and Orange') the album is a rollercoaster of both good times and bad. With production bolstered by the presence of Mr. Richard D James (of The Aphex Twins fame) and Gary Numan, this collection leaves you simply goggle-eyed at the audaciousness of the whole venture. Currently working the pub and club circuit, the boys will be heading to your town soon enough so keep 'em peeled. This lot are going places!
1. Glad You Came-Brill NO.1 hit!
2. Lightning-Such a great song NO.1 hit again!
3. Warzone-NO.1 Hit AGAIN constantly on repeat i love it!
4. Invincible-Really catchy and just simply beautiful
5. Last To Know-WOW fantastic song
6. I'll Be Your Strength-OMG It had me in tears wonderfully performed and delivered greatly
7. Rocket-Indescribably amazing such a tune!
8. I Want It All-Continuously played fab!
9. The Weekend-Stunning such a club classic!
10. Lie To Me-Can't get enough ace song!
11. Gold Forever-Always have and will love this song!
12. Dagger-Perfect song loving it
13. Rock Your Body-What a beat what a awesome song!
14. Turn It Off-OMG Indescribably stunning I really love this song possibly my fav out of all the amazing tracks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
By Seth (6 years old) - My Battleground cd is the best cd in the world. My favourite song is Glad You Came because it makes me want to dance. I give it 10/10!Published 1 month ago by Janette Taylor