Under Review: The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

For a while, I felt like I was the only person in the world who did not attend the South By Southwest festival earlier this year. Almost every music blog, media outlet and even many of my coworkers professed their love for the bands they discovered over the course of the event. Since then, many of those groups, like Black Kids, Los Campesinos! and The Ting Tings have gone on to sign with various labels based on the strong reception of their live performances. The Ting Tings’ debut, We Started Nothing, is a quirky mix of dance-pop, girl group harmonies and electronica which are sure to further their newfound popularity. The album kicks off with what might become their signature song, “Great DJ.” The tune (which was a double-A side single with the stomp-clap “That’s Not My Name”) is pure, bright pop with just as much fizz as the aforementioned groups whom the duo played alongside in March. A number of the other songs on the record have been making waves, such as the jittery “Fruit Machine” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” the latest song to grace an iPod commercial. There are times towards the end of the album where the pace is slowed down a bit, showing that the duo is more than just a dance band. Songs like “Be The One” (a near dead ringer for The Clash‘s “Lost In The Supermarket”) and “Impacilla Carpisung”, where singer Katie White does her best M.I.A. impression. We Started Nothing might not completely do The Ting Tings’ live show justice, but it is nonetheless a fun listen that offers a taste of what to expect from them in a concert setting.


~ by E. on June 4, 2008.

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