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The Wanted

The WantedTo the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully...The WantedPopTo the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully...2012-04-27
BOY BAND INVASION The English-Irish quintet release dance-ready tracks for the high school set

BOY BAND INVASION The English-Irish quintet release dance-ready tracks for the high school set (Andrew Zach)

B+

The Wanted

Genre: Pop; Status: In Season; Music Label: Mercury

To the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully gelled hairs. After all, they’re both five-bloke packs of medium-good singers shilling Top 40-targeted jams. But if 1D have a lock on the slumber-party set, the Wanted are after their fake-ID-toting older sisters: Club-ready, irresistibly hooky tracks on The Wanted like ”Gold Forever” and already ubiquitous ”Glad You Came” (culled from the group’s two hit British LPs) practically come with their own fog-and-laser shows. It’s the perfect soundtrack for partying all night — but still sneaking home before your parents notice. B+

Originally posted April 27 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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