The Wanted is the self-titled debut studio album by British pop boy band The Wanted, which was released on 25 October 2010 through Geffen Records. The album debuted at number four in the United Kingdom and Scotland, and at number 11 in Ireland. The album produced three singles which attained UK chart success, including the number-one single "All Time Low".
The band began recording their debut album after they were signed to Geffen Records. The band began working with songwriters Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett, Lucas Secon, Lukas Hilbert, Alexander Kronlund and more. The album was released in six editions, one for each member of the band and one standard edition. Each edition unlocks a solo track from each member on The Wanted's official website.
Music Week gave the album a favourable review stating, "This eponymous album sounds like the kind of radio friendly, polished buy playful, and melody-packed album a pop act should make in 2010. It has its moments of innovation – like the vaguely menacing sub bass of 'Say It on the Radio' or the spaghetti western stylings of 'Let's Get Ugly' – but both songs soon resolve into massive choruses that will sounds great coming out of your radios and TVs." Heat Karen Edwards rated the album four out of five, saying "The boys switch lead vocal duties throughout, and from indie ballad 'Golden', the sweet pop sounds of 'Heart Vacancy' and the Kings of Leon-inspired 'Lose My Mind' to the cheeky Midwest style of 'Let's Get Ugly', there are plenty of different sounds to enjoy. There's something for everyone on The Wanted – not just for the teenie-boppers among us." Fraser McAlpine of BBC Music felt the album had plenty of highs and lows, and stated, "There are signs of pop evolution at work within the genes of this lot. Arresting songs, with masses of personality – like the swoony, choral Low, or the downright Wild Beasts-y Golden – sit next to the formulaic (but y’know, fine) Say It on the Radio or Personal Soldier: the very acme of nothing ventured, nothing gained." Paul Taylor of CityLife said the album is hardly full of surprises and wrote, "Working with Scanda-pop producers Cutfather and Carl Falk and the likes of Steve Mac and Guy Chambers yields a very particular brand of big glossy pop, which manages to sprinkle in a little teen indie spirit as well as a helping of Taio Cruz-style electro. There is, inevitably, a bit of an Eighties feel there. In his review for The Independent, Simon Price wrote: "Their front-loaded debut, penned by the A-list of pop songwriters (Cathy Dennis, Guy Chambers, Taio Cruz), covers all boy band bases, from the Coldplay-meets-Akon smash "All Time Low" to Westlife-esque ballad "Heart Vacancy" and will sell by the truckload to girls who find JLS too scarily urban." 4Music gave the album four out of five stars describing it as "the complete opposite of what we're using to hearing from boybands. there's a few 'lighters in the air' moments, but for the most part it's up-tempo, catchy and credible pop music that you shouldn't feel ashamed for liking." Virgin Media's Ian Gittins gave the album three out of five stars and said the album appealed to "pre-teens and tweenies", and concluded: "No matter how accomplished the packaging, they could not do this if the songs were not in place, and slick confections such as Replace My Heart and Weakness hint that they have located a lucrative musical niche somewhere between JLS and early Justin Timberlake. This is a polished, efficient album of ultra-contemporary pop and R&B, with only the Ennio Morricone-sampling Let's Get Ugly misjudging the cheese levels." The Shields Gazette gave the album a rating of 1 out of 10 and wrote, "If saccharine-coated pop and multi-layered choruses are your thing you'll love it: I never want to hear it again."
The lead single from The Wanted was "All Time Low", released on 25 July 2010. It was written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett, and produced by Mac. The song debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and number thirteen in Ireland. "Heart Vacancy" was released as the album's second single on 17 October 2010. It was written by Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon and Wayne Hector, and produced by Jeberg and Cutfather. The song debuted at number two in the United Kingdom and at number eighteen in Ireland. "Lose My Mind" was released as the album's third single on 26 December 2010. It was written by Nina Woodford, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, and produced by The Wideboys and Falk. The song debuted at number twenty-nine in the United Kingdom and at number twenty in Ireland.
The Wanted will tour the UK in March and April 2011, supporting The Wanted. Support acts will be Twenty Twenty and Starboy Nathan.
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