Pleasant but not strong enough to leave a lasting impression from Lauren Henson
Though billed as an “alternative pop proposition”, 27-year-old Lauren Henson is about as alternative as Nando’s – she’s signed to a major, and her breakthrough hit, ‘Solo Dancing’, was co-written by Corinne Bailey Rae. As a pop proposition, Indiana has her moments – ‘Heart On Fire’ brings to mind Banks with an icy Scandinavian hue, while ‘Jack’ and ‘No Romeo’ have top-notch hooks – but on this debut album’s lesser songs, she just comes off like Diana Vickers’ goth older sister. The problem, perhaps, is that even when Indiana sings a line like “I want to burn you a new heart,” she still sounds like a nice girl. ‘No Romeo’ may be sweet, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression.