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We Started Nothing
     

We Started Nothing

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by The Ting Tings
 

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Don’t hold their iPod commercial against them. While “Shut Up and Let Me Go” launched this Salford twosome into the stratosphere, there’s more to the Ting Tings than pirouetting silhouettes. “Shut Up” leans heavily on a ‘70s disco groove filtered through Franz Ferdinand, and on the face of it, it’s atypical of the band’s sound. The bulk of We Started Nothing is

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Don’t hold their iPod commercial against them. While “Shut Up and Let Me Go” launched this Salford twosome into the stratosphere, there’s more to the Ting Tings than pirouetting silhouettes. “Shut Up” leans heavily on a ‘70s disco groove filtered through Franz Ferdinand, and on the face of it, it’s atypical of the band’s sound. The bulk of We Started Nothing is almost skeletal pop, rooted in heavy beats and percussion (Jules De Martino is the drummer; Katie White is the singer and guitarist; both hit samplers with a spare hand, stick, or foot), and simple melody lines on guitar or keyboard. But as Prince sagely observed, there is joy in repetition. The Ting Tings’ essentialist songwriting makes no bones about repeating the chorus 50 times (on the addictive “That’s Not My Name”) or riding the beat like a DJ would mine a break. In the pair’s punky attack and 808-style beats is a Mancunian ethic of rhythm über alles – as the set opener, “Great DJ,” reminds you 50 times, it’s “the drums…the drums…the drums...the drums.” Glimpses in their sound of New Order, Siouxsie Sioux, and Bow Wow Wow might give the Ting Tings some courant retro-cachet, but White and De Martino seem old enough to have witnessed such things firsthand, or at least filtered through an older sibling. Is it too much to see authenticity in a flavor-of-the-month pop band? Perhaps. But great summer anthems like these can make you believe any-ting’s possible.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On the Ting Tings' debut album, We Started Nothing, the duo's new wave-worshiping mix of dance and indie pop -- which grafts chugging guitar and bashed drums onto looping structures and proudly plastic keyboards -- is polished, but far from polite. Singer/guitarist Katie White's snotty, singsong vocal delivery and flat rhymes are part cheerleader, part playground chant, and a tiny bit of punk snarl; "That's Not My Name," on which White sneers "Are you calling me darling? Are you calling me bird?," even sounds a little like riot grrrl sloganeering filtered through a decade's worth of pop. Even when White sings more melodically, as on "Traffic Light" and "We Walk," the energy, attitude, and repetition can be grating, even if you're tapping your foot to the songs. However, the Ting Tings manage to stay on the catchy side with "Fruit Machine," a Lily Allen-ish bit of cheeky bordering on vindictive pop, and on "Keep Your Head" and "Be the One," which tone down the Ting Tings' energy to more manageable but still lively levels. "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (which sounds like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs parody/tribute) are also standouts, and it's no surprise they've been used in commercials -- they're so short and memorable, they feel like jingles waiting for products to endorse. Since they've got a real knack for writing songs that stick in your head whether you want them to or not, the Ting Tings' songs are fun in very small doses.

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Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972892528
catalogNumber:
728925
Rank:
71399

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We Started Nothing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Goda More than 1 year ago
You know, no matter what i sit here and type, or what people read from other comments, it comes down to one fact. You like them or you don't. Personally, I love them. Love the sound, love the lyrics, they get stuck in my head, but in a good way. I saw them play here in Tampa a few days back, and it was a sold out crowd! There was even a point in the show when her mic died, and the fans kept it going untill they got her a new mic. I've looked at their tour list, and most of their shows sold out just a few days after the tickets were on sale. So yes, I'd say they started something over here. Rock on!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidentally discovered this Group On itunes. The Music is totally different from anything that ive heard before. Its got an Indie/Pop/Electro/Rock infustion. Its wonderful, and I highly Reccomend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not catchy, per se. It's like a virus: you try to avoid it, but once you catch it, it's hard to shake off. There's nothing really original about it- imagine Blondie on acid- but for what it is, it's not terrible. Definitely an interesting experience for those who don't listen to the radio or expose themselves to new music. You have to take it for what it is, or you will be greatly disappointed when you realize that it's just another mid-30s duo trying to blindly recapture their youth with instruments they found while cleaning out an attic or a garage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can someone compare the TING TINGS to Franz Ferdinand? Franz Ferdinand has a completley different sound to them, i dunno... maybe that the lead singer is a MAN? Im not knocking Franz Ferdinand, because i like them too. I too accidentally discovered them on Itunes and I cannot get enough of them. The songs &quot Great DJ&quot ,&quot Shut up and let me go&quot , &quot keep your head&quot are a few of my fave songs at the moment. I saw The Ting Tings a few weeks ago, and they were AWESOME!!They were energetic throught the entire show and they are GOOD LIVE!! They cannot be compaired to any band because they sound completley difrerent from anything ive heard in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hate to burst your bubble, Gregor, but Edgar M has a point about the Franz Ferdinand comparison. Listen to Shut Up and Let Me Go, then listen to Franz's hit Take Me Out and you will clearly hear the obvious rhythmic similarity. Since Take Me Out was such a big hit, it strikes me as a poor choice for the Ting Tings to choose Shut Up and Let Me Go as their lead single, because while that song borders on rip-off territory, there is much else to enjoy on We Started Nothing. Songs like That's Not My Name, Great DJ and the title track show a nice combination of catchy, striped-down punk that builds using repetition and layering of sounds but break down quickly enough to still be radio-friendly. Not the most original group, for sure, but there are enough gems on here to make it a worthwhile listening experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good sound coming from the isles. It's been since Oasis that we have heard much good come from merry ole' England. It's diffrent and good. The beat is great, very lively music. &quot Shut up and let me go&quot is the radio song that got me into them, and it's great song. With only limited listening time put in this cd, I would have to say that I enjoy &quot Traffic Light&quot as well. The only downside I can hear is the band jumps on the repetative wagon a bit. With the song &quot That's not my Name&quot you hear the repetative lyric disease a great deal. Give them two albums and I think they could be a great band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay, Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out wasn't that long ago, kids. I can hear you copying it. And then Franz was just a lame disco-pop rip off of everyone else as well. So what happens when you make a copy of a copy of a copy? You get a dull, grainy image and you call it the Ting Tings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's great to get this nice upbeat pop rock outfit. Not as protofeminist as Le Tigre, or as Japanese as eX-Girl but I'll be damned if they're not catchier.
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