Artist: The Wanted 
 

Title: The Wanted

Label: Mercury 

While the likes of Coldplay and Adele have certainly had no trouble achieving major superstardom on both sides of the pond, there's a slew of successful British acts like Blur, Robbie Williams and Oasis who haven't been quite so lucky in making that transition successfully in the past. 

For whatever reason, what's top of the pops in England isn't always a chart-topper in America, but every once in a while, there's an import who manages to break through both markets in a big way, like The Wanted recently did with their #1 single "Glad You Came" earlier this month. 

Now on the heels of that accomplishment is the arrival of The Wanted's new self-titled album. And while none of the songs on The Wanted have that universally undeniable "it factor" as "Glad You Came," the tracks on The Wanted still have enough appeal to hold the masses' attention a little while longer.

For anyone who declared the boy band "over" after Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block wrapped up their joint tour for their now-thirtysomething fanbase, acts like New Direction and The Wanted have recently revived many music lovers' desire for cute, young guys belting out a slew of melodic love songs.

Fortunately for anyone who feels that genre is way, way beneath them, The Wanted also demonstrates a knack for sounds that are off the beaten path too, with everything from soul to rock to Indie sounds represented on The Wanted.

But as much as The Wanted hopes to appeal to, well, everyone, it's the glossy pop moments where they ultimately shine the brightest. Teaming up with everyone from Steve Mac (Boyzone, JLS, Westlife) to Cutfather (Pixie Lott, Blue, Pussycat Dolls) to Greg Kurstin (Britney Spears, Lily Allen, Nelly Furtado) and even Guy Chambers (Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams), the songs are so catchy, it's almost impossible not to sing along—the mark of a surefire worldwide phenomenon.  

 *This Review First Published April 4/24/2012