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The Wanted's 'Word of Mouth' was worth the wait

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After a year and a half of waiting and delays, the time has finally come. British band The Wanted has released its new album, "Word of Mouth." The band's second album in the United States (following 2012's self-titled EP), "Word of Mouth" has five No. 1 singles, including the hit "Glad You Came."

The Wanted was formed by Jayne Collins, the boys' former manager, in 2009. Its members are Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Max George and Nathan Sykes.

The Wanted made its U.S. debut on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in early 2010. Since then, the band got a new manager, Scooter Braun, and toured with two of his acts: Justin Bieber in late 2012 and Carly Rae Jepsen on her This Kiss Summer Tour this year.

"Word of Mouth" has more songs written by the band members than the debut did. The album also has a bit more meaning to it.

Even though it's only been a year and a half, the guys have grown up so much since their first album. They have experienced quite a bit of heartache since then, and they've also seen how having one less member affects the band. (Sykes was out for a few months this summer for emergency throat surgery.) That has just brought them closer together, though.

Almost everyone will be able to relate to the heartache of some of the songs. In fact, all of the songs on this album are probably relatable to most people.

One of the songs dealing with heartache is the band's new single, "Show Me Love (America)," written by Sykes. It's about feeling lost when a relationship ends. It explains that there was nothing that could've been done to save the relationship because love was never shown.

Not all of the songs are sad, though. "Summer Alive," written by Parker, is an upbeat song that will probably make you want to dance.

One downside to the album is that "Glad You Came" is on it again. It was on the band's first U.S. release and was really the only known song from that album. On "Word of Mouth," it's not even a new version of the song. It's probably included for marketing reasons, which is understandable, but it's disappointing because the song's a bit overused.

Overall, I highly recommend "Word of Mouth." The album is without a doubt the best the lads have released.

A deluxe version is also available and includes four extra songs ("Love Sewn," "If We're Alright," "Drunk on Love" and "Heartbreak Story"). Plus, Target has a special deluxe edition that includes those tracks and two more ("Read My Mind" and "Only You"). I would definitely recommend either of these since they're only a few dollars more; however, if you're just interested in checking out the band, the regular edition will suffice.

"Word of Mouth" was definitely worth the wait! Hopefully, we won't have to wait so long for the next album.


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