We're a little behind schedule in terms of the countdown, so I'll be speeding things up over the next few days. I hope my brain (and fingers) can handle it - they should be able to, judging by the fact that this is the upper half of the countdown and the songs from here onwards are really some of my all-time favorites.
And for me, Personal Solider is one of those songs that really shows how much The Wanted know about their history - I can literally hear Take That ringing throughout the song. The resonance of the chorus, the vocal treatment and the over-all execution is very British boyband, but with that sense of sophistication that only came later.
You know I'm a sucker for pretty piano lines, but you also know that I really value a strong drum/percussion line. Well, I got both in Personal Solider, with a gorgeous, gorgeous melody thrown in just to send me over the edge. It's a very simple song, actually, because the arrangement has a clear direction, and the melody is not only strong, but sure of itself - there's no hesitation to the way the melody flows, and the way it's executed. Which is why it doesn't have to hit you over the head with repetitive hooks or in-your-face arrangements.
I adore songs like this - songs with conviction and direction, and with a sense of respect coupled with sophistication to not only lead a generation, but lead it with grace.