Sounds from Nowheresvilleby The Ting Tings
Four years would normally be a long time for a band like the Ting Tings to wait between albums, but they didn't disappear entirely: two of the biggest hits from We Started Nothing, "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," were still used in commercials and soundtracks years after their debut's release, suggesting a remarkable endurance for their bright and brassy new-new wave. The scrappy pop of their first album is largely gone on Sounds from Nowheresville, replaced by a glossy eclecticism that was inspired by the Beastie Boys' mosaic-like masterpiece Paul's Boutique. There's a clear Beasties influence (though the execution is more reminiscent of Beck's Odelay) on "Hit Me Down Sonny" and "Hang It Up." Elsewhere, "Guggenheim"'s tale of heartbreak, revenge, and makeup boasts girl group-channeling spoken-word verses; "Soul Killing" is a playful piece of ska-pop that uses a squeaky door as a percussion element, and "Day to Day"'s tightly looped acoustic guitars evoke the teen pop ballads churned out by the production team the Matrix in the early 2000s. Interestingly, Nowheresville's best moments bookend the rest. "Silence" begins the album with slow-burning drones that are a far cry from We Started Nothing's sugar rush hooks, while "In Your Life" closes it with a ballad that would do Nancy Sinatra proud; it's mournful, slow, relaxed, spacious -- everything that virtually every other Ting Tings song isn't.
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what a great album! I absolutely love the somewhat stripped down feel and the huge focus on loud guitars and percussion. As a musician, I often hear music where the vocals are cranked (pretty much any song on the radio) and it's so nice to be able to hear all the actual instrumentation with the tings. This band has nailed it... perfect name, perfect mixes, perfect look, catchy songs, and awesome music videos. I've enjoyed everything they've ever done and especially enjoy their latest album!