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The Wanted, ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ – Song Review

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The Wanted have pulled back on chasing the sun and being glad you came, but they haven’t scrimped on the groovy bounce that is part and parcel of their music. Multi-part harmonies? Sing-along parts? Anthem-like energy? It’s all here on the boy band’s new track ‘Walks Like Rihanna,’ the first single from their forthcoming album.

In all honesty, the song is so bad that it’s actually good… And by “bad,” we mean cheesy! But who doesn’t like a little Velveeta in their life, especially when it’s doled out by handsome chaps like Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker?

The fivesome laments a girl who can’t sing or dance, but the fact that she walks like Rihanna makes her salvageable. We guess it’s RiRi’s sexy strut or her gamine gait that inspired the Wanted boys to celebrate her in a song? We don’t know, but we can’t stop singing the track’s hook.

The chorus — which makes use of the phrase “She can’t sing / She can’t dance / But who cares / She walks like Rihanna” — is undeniably catchy and silly fun.

The song is midtempo and spend most of its time building you up towards the anthemic bridge. The “Our hearts go boom boom” part? It’s so ridiculous that it’s cute and we want to shout it out loud at Wanted shows. It sounds dumb as we write it, but when it hits your ears, you want to throw those hands up and sway back and forth while screaming about your heart going boom and stuff.

This is certainly a novelty’ish song, one that might capitalize on RiRi’s fame. Maybe she’ll join the boys for a live rendition. That remains to be seen, but it’s another dance-friendly, catchier-than-cooties jam from the U.K. quintet.

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