Word of Mouth
In the summer of 2012, one could not escape the pop/dance pulsations of The Wanted’s international hit "Glad You Came." If that single wasn’t ubiquitous enough back then, the group has included it here on their U.S debut album "Word of Mouth." The boy band probably won’t win awards or tons of new fans with this infectious collection of light and airy dance tracks, but it’s tons of fun regardless.
The set’s second single "We Own the Night" kicks things off and this song is basically "Glad You Came" with different lyrics. But the surprising thing about the rest of "Word of Mouth" is the attempt to branch out to more of a ballad approach to many of the songs. This can be seen on "In the Middle," "Could This Be Love," and "Running Out of Reasons." All wouldn’t sound out of place on adult contemporary radio.
It’s apparent The Wanted is looking to gain more momentum in the U.S. with the track "Show Me Love (America)." It sounds a bit forced, but the group gets an "A" for effort. "Glow in the Dark" echoes the techno beats of a Daft Punk effort. But the track that got my utmost attention is "Walks Like Rihanna," a possible single. With the lyrics "she can’t sing, she can’t dance, but who cares, she walks like Rihanna," the group finally shows a bit of humor.
At 16 tracks, the deluxe edition of "Word of Mouth" overstays its welcome a bit. And the array of filler tracks is glaringly apparent towards the end of this collection. But with a consistent sound throughout, like it or not, The Wanted is here to stay. They will embark on a world tour starting Feb. 8, 2014.
"Word of Mouth"
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