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We Started Nothing

2008 Debut album from The Ting Tings

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For some reason we expected more

  • Dec 15, 2008
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In the fall of '07 we were lucky enough to see the Ting Tings play in a small loft for a fashion show and we were impressed. We anxiously awaited the album We Started Nothing expecting it to easily make our '08 Top 10.  It feel listlessly short.  Beyond That's Not My Name (which didn't catch on as an Indie hit like we thought it might) no song really left a mark on us.  The band has so much potential, but the duo seems to be hiding behind a pop mask and not letting the music run a more organic course. Hopefully their sophomore effort will lead them to their natural sound.

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January 29, 2009
As for the album, it just seemed to be too much of the same thing. At first that sound is refreshing but after a whole album you wonder if the band has any depth. As for their loft show, it was not acoustic. Just the 2 of them belting it out. One thing about the performace that turned us off was the drummer (the guy) stopping a song 15 seconds in and telling the crowd to 'shut up.' He went on to scold the fans for talking while she was singing. Might have been fine in a club, but not at a chi-chic loft party.
January 11, 2009
The Ting Tings are one of those bands I really WANT to like, but just can't. Your review intrigued me. I'm wondering: Are you saying that their album was just too overproduced? Was their loft performance more acoustic-y?
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review by . September 24, 2008
This is a fun, funky and successful debut from the hot UK group with the onomatopoeic name. All the songs are original material, written and composed by the fresh and fabulous duo, and it's a great pity that the album is so short.     Turn on the radio at any time of the day, and before long you're probably going to hear either of the two really big singles from this album, or both of them. The single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" recently won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best UK …
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We Started Nothing is the debut album from The Ting Tings. Tipped in the top three of the BBC's Sound of 2008 poll at the beginning of the year, seemingly they have much to prove. However, The Ting Tings aren't about proving themselves; they are simply here to enjoy it. Making great British pop music - their way - is what they're about. Born of a desire to employ the DIY ethic from day one - Katie White and Jules De Martino escaped the industry trappings they once experienced in a previous band and went back to basics as a duo. They stripped back everything they thought they both knew about making music and the industry that revolved around every note.

We Started Nothing is a debut album brimming with intuitive pop noise. It's pure garage-pop and once heard will in-bed itself into your subconscious for many days, weeks, months to come. Snappy choruses trade off against angular gutar work, whip smart drumming and a succession of loops that they create live with the use of delay pedals.

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Music, Pop, Rock, Indie, Electro, Electronic Pop


Label: Columbia/Red Ink
Genre: Electronic Pop
Release Date: June 3, 2008

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