When The Wanted broke up, it was far from amicable. Nathan Sykes penned this song at a time when he was still reeling after splitting from his other former boy band members. He told The Sun:
"I Can't Be Mad is just so vulnerable. I was in such a dark place when I wrote that. There was a time just before the end where it was really, really dark. It was all happening, a couple of us were in quite a bad place.
"We had lost family members, been through break-ups and all sorts and it all took its toll at once. Then we decided we were going to take a break. It lifted the weight off our shoulders a bit.
"It wasn't until I started writing in those sessions where I was like, 'God, I really had a tough time'. Reflecting on it was like therapy."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.