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Indiana - 'No Romeo'

Pleasant but not strong enough to leave a lasting impression from Lauren Henson

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  • Release Date 01 Sep, 2014
  • Record Label Epic
6 / 10
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.

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