But when the boy band stopped by MTV News, they said Word of Mouth will be well worth the wait.
"We had a very busy year. We decided to do a TV program [E!'s "The Wanted Life"], which took up a lot more schedule then we thought, and then all this stuff that we planned to do kinda had to move back as well," Jay McGuiness explained. "And then we thought the album was good to go, and last minute a few quite cool gigs and a couple other things popped up that we thought, 'It's probably worth waiting for the album a little,' I mean, the fans have waited a few years, so what's a couple of weeks?"
The guys did admit that they are getting back in the studio, but aren't adding any other songs into the mix because they feel they are finally at a place where they are putting their best material forward.
"I think that we weren't ready a year ago. It just wasn't ready; the songs weren't finished," Siva Kaneswaran said. "We want to put out the best us and we are ready now and every song is so personal and we've all aged as writers, and it's very mature... and it's the best album yet."
And even though it may be their best yet, there is something that won't be on the album: collaborations. The Wanted revealed that they did work on songs with both Rita Ora — a great song thata "just didn't sit comfortably" — and Justin Bieber.
"We did a song with Justin again I think it was a great song and he did an amazing job writing it," Max George said. "But I think it was very much more suited to his style."