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Review: The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing

The Ting Tings are an indie pop dance duo composed of Jules De Martino (drums, guitar vocals) and Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drum) out of Manchester England.  We Started Nothing, their first album, was a huge hit in the UK this past spring largely on the strength of knock-out single “That’s Not My Name”.  Every once in awhile a song comes along that’s so right that it ends up defining a particular place and time.  “That’s Not My Name” is one of those songs.  Infectious, memorable and with a million dollar hook, it’s the kind of song radio bands sell their souls for.

Nothing else on We Started Nothing is as good but that says more about how well “That’s Not My Name” hits the bullseye than it does about the quality of the rest of the album.  The Ting Tings songs owe more than a little to the schoolyard chants that have entertained jump-rope skipping girls for decades.  White’s vocals tend to be of the sing-song, melodically spoken variety.  When they work, they work well, however an entire CD of this stuff can get tiring and when De Martino’s rhythms don’t carry the song the result can as annoying as the stridently voiced girls next door who won’t give it a rest. 

Songs like “Shut Up and Let Me Go”, “Great DJ”, “We “Walk” and the title track indicate that The Ting Tings have the potential to be more than a one hit wonder.  However, right now the row they’re furrowing is a bit too narrow.  If you’ve heard more of this than you really want in ten songs, a second album that’s more of the same isn’t going to cut it.  They’ve got one really great song and a couple more good ones.  It’ll be interesting to see if they can expand on the formula enough to develop a career.

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07/11/2008 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | ,

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