Review: The Wanted: "An Enticing Debut"

Entertainment May. 6, 2012 AT 4:11PM
Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, and Jay McGuiness of the band The Wanted on April 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, and Jay McGuiness of the band The Wanted on April 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Us Rating: **1/2

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The darker, sexier British boy band lands stateside with an enticing debut of synthesizer-propelled Euro-disco, including the breakout hit "Glad You Came."

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Still, the fivesome -- Max George, 23, Siva Kaneswaran, 23, Jay McGuiness, 21, Tom Parker, 23, and Nathan Sykes, 19 -- have some growing to do before they an truly play in pop's major league.

The Wanted EP
The Wanted EP

Top priority: develop voices with personality!

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The Wanted's self-titled album is in stores now.

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