" is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted
, released as the fourth and final single from their second studio album, Battleground
(2011). It is also featured on the special edition of their self-titled EP
. It was released on 26 December 2011. The electropop ballad
contains elements of dubstep
, and was written by band members Nathan Sykes
and Max George
, alongside Jack McManus
and producer Harry Sommerdahl.
"Warzone" received positive reviews from music critics, who felt the song was one of the highlights of the album. "Warzone" has peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart
, becoming their first single to miss the UK top 20.
The music video premiered on 10 November 2011.
"Warzone" has received positive reviews from critics. Jon O'Brien of AllMusic
referred to "Warzone" as one of the songs that proves "that the Wanted are still a cut above your average boy band", describing the song as "a subtle attempt at dubstep
that fuses somber piano chords and an epic soft rock
chorus with distant wobble basslines and spacious beats". David Griffiths of 4Music
called the song the band's "most mature effort to date" writing, "Featuring a haunting piano riff, emotional vocals and a truly epic chorus, it's easily the best thing they've ever recorded.". Lewis Corner of Digital Spy
quoted, "Try to erase a memory with a flame, And hope I never see you again," Jay declares over a lilting piano and rumbling bass that you'd expect from a Jamie Cullum vs. Nero play-off. Thankfully, the curious combo works beautifully beneath their angst-driven lyrics of betrayal and heartbreak, striking a fine balance between boyband balladry and oh-so-trendy dub beats. With Jay now on board with their current sound, we'd suggest he makes sure his heartbroken bandmates are holding up at this difficult time."
The music video for "Warzone" was shot on location in Brooklyn
, New York City
by Director X
. The video was subsequently released to YouTube on 10 November 2011. The video focuses on the intimate relationships between the five members of the group and their girlfriends. However, each member, one by one, discovers that his girlfriend is cheating on him with another man, played by model Broderick Hunter
. The video incorporates shots of the band in a burning scrapyard, outside and inside an apartment building, and walking the streets of New York
. An alternative version of the video featuring alternate scenes was released to music channels on 14 December 2011. This version of the video also accompanies the download package.
# "Warzone" – 3:38
# "Warzone" (Basto! Remix) – 5:40
# "Warzone" (Green Fusion Remix) – 2:58
# "Animal" (Live Tour Performance) – 4:22