The Wanted (Special Edition)
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
It might seem redundant to describe a boy band's debut as youthful. But The Wanted sounds positively drunken with the blissful, fast-paced joy (and pain) of being young. Like their smash single, "Glad You Came," much of the album sounds like the perfect soundtrack for some elated spinning in circles on the dancefloor: earnest vocals about love and staying up late are housed in airy, skipping, perpetually building dance beats. But even the last third, which takes a dramatic turn into relationship territory with "Gold Forever," sounds crammed full of undaunted, danceable hope and vigor.