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We Started Nothing [Import]

The Ting TingsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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As the world prepares for the arrival of a brand new year, The Ting Tings have found themselves springing back to square one: emotionally, spiritedly, earnestly and even, for a moment, geographically. A year and a half after making a record, scrapping a record, making another record and loving it, they find themselves decamped at Islington Mill, the Salford artist’s compound that homed ... Read more in Amazon's The Ting Tings Store

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0017PCXM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut album from Salford. Manchester's Indie Pop duo, championed as 'the band to watch in 2008' by the UK music press including the NME. The Ting Tings are the Pop explosion made up of Jules De Martino and Katie White. The duo have teased and tantalized during the latter months of 2007 by releasing extremely limited singles and playing very few headline shows. The duly deposited buzz has built steadily to launch one of the most exciting British Indie-Pop acts to emerge from these shores in years. 10 tracks including the single 'That's Not My Name'. Columbia. 2008.

The debut album by Salford's The Ting Tings comes hot on the heels of their No.1 single "That's Not My Name", a nugget of pop gold that comes on like a genetic splicing of Toni Basil's "Micky" and The Knack's "My Sharona". The bulk of We Started Nothing follows a similar formula, navigating a path between the smart, angular indie of CSS, Bonde Do Role, et al and the pop mainstream. Here and there, they pull it off perfectly: the stutter-rap of "Fruit Machine" sees vocalist Katie White leading on some poor sap with sultry charisma and lip-gloss sass, while the excellent "Shut Up and Let Me Go" is snappy dance-punk in the spirit of Blondie's "Rapture" or Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love". Elsewhere, they branch out with mixed results. "We Walk" builds from quiet flourishes of piano into a surprisingly steely manifesto: "Smash the rest up/Burn it down/Put us in the corner cause we're into ideas", sneers White. Rather less good is "Traffic Light", a light, jazzy number that employs a number of somewhat forced driving metaphors to describe a relationship hit the skids. Still, it's a debut with promise, and a string of good singles is nothing to be sniffed at. -–Louis Pattison

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, unapologetic pop May 23, 2008
This album will probably be dismissed automatically by people like myself for being too manufactured, too saccharine, or too whatever, but the truth to this is that it is a fun, unapologetic, unassuming pop rock album that is a lot of fun.

Too often with rookie albums, whether pop or indie, the songs you've heard on the radio or wherever are light years better than the rest on the album (I'm looking squarely at you, MGMT). This is NOT the case with this album.

The album starts with two of their most biggest songs to date- Great DJ and That's Not My Name. Most bands would kill for just those two songs. Next up is Fruit Machine, which keeps the fun of the first two going with a lot less chanting. Traffic Light is a wonderful little jazz-pop plinky tune that will float in the summer breeze a lot this year.

Next up is the rousing Shut Up and Let Me Go, probably the most known in the US thanks to the latest iTunes/iPod commercial, with its solid rhythm section (a wise DJ will mash in Queen's Another One Bites The Dust). Keep Your Head follows with a fun popping, bopping synth line and drumming. If you haven't started dancing yet, this one will get you off you seat. Be The One follows a little more quietly, but still has a solid groove that will put a smile on your face.

We Walk starts in, and you think, "Uh, oh. They are going to get quiet and ballady now." Um, no. Not even close. Impacilla Carpisung is the Ting Tings getting crazy and a bit experimental. Not sure how I'm feeling on this one. We Started Nothing closes as a long jam that closes things well.

The last two are a bit 'scattered' to me, and don't really close the album the way it should be.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant July 20, 2008
By J. Kerr
Format:Audio CD
My new favorite album. Take the White Stripes and reverse the roles. Add in some Devo, electrified disco and Cibo Matto. This album is a blast.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun album from start to finish June 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Ting Tings shot like a meteor onto the UK music scene in 2007, helped along by coverage from UK music rag NME. A year later, they reach to No. 1 in the UK singles chart and the debut album arrives.

"We Started Nothing" (10 tracks; 38 min.) starts off with the irresitable double blast of "Great DJ" and "That's Not My Name" (originaly released as a double-A single in 2007, and "That's Not My Name" re-released a year later, and reaching No.1 on the UK singles chart last month). But the fun doesn't stop there. The duo keeps things moving quite nicely, with "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (which reminds me of that song "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" of yesteryear), and it sounds like another sure-fire single to me. The second half of the album is not as strong, but still features several great tracks like "Keep Your Head", "Be The One", and in particular the closer, the 6+ min. title track, a great way to sum up the album.

In all, these songs just flow by in no time and before you know it you'll find yourself playing this again and again. "We Started Nothing" is not a grand 'artistic' statement, just an album with great fun, dance-along songs. I'll be catching the Ting Tings at the Monolith Festival (at the Red Rocks) in September, where they'll be playing the intimate WOXY-curated stage, and I can't wait to see how these songs will translate in a live setting. Totally unrelated, the internet-only station WOXY ("BAM! The Future of Rock'n'Roll!") plays these guys regularly, and they are the best source for indie music in the US, bar none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I love Brits June 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Ting Tings are the epitome of the fun and funky British pop. They've been in heavy rotation on my Ipod - I dare you to hear 'Fruit Machine' and not want to sing and dance along. What's it about Brits that they have such fun bands, and make pop music that doesn't sound cheap or embarrassingly mindless? Just for comparison, if you liked Lilly Allen, you should like The Ting Tings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy and Smart Debut December 31, 2008
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When I first heard a performance by this English duo on MTV's Palladia HD, I immediately thought wow, that's really catchy and different. Are they a one-hit wonder or do they have the talent to play with this unique, off-beat vibe in other ways? Turns out the latter, as evidence by this clunker-free album and the rapid assault onto the UK Singles Chart.

I was concerned, actually, when I heard the opening riff on "That's Not My Name" because it sounded to me like a rehash of Toni Basil, which wouldn't have worked because "Hey Mickey" was never, er, "my thing," but the song goes in a different direction, and for a chart-topping, devil-may-care pop single it has an agreeable level of variety and complexity. It's my least favorite track on the album, but since it's also the most popular one, the band's certainly doing something right here.

The lyrics and videos are what they are, but White and De Martino have gobs of talent, and if they carry their raw, effervescent attitude and musical inventiveness through multiple albums, I think they'll easily find themselves in a position not unlike the B-52s. That is, wildly popular and probably rich. Good luck to them. If you have eclectic tastes and like to manage iPod playlists that range from Beethoven to Rush to, well, this, then I definitely suggest checking it out.

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Published 3 months ago by Gumbo 9988
4.0 out of 5 stars Versatile Pop
I like this record because you could hear it at the club, on the radio, or on your cool hipster indie best friend's iPod. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shay
3.0 out of 5 stars Ting Tings
Nothing wrong with the cd itself. I just thought the content would be a little different than it was. No biggie. Another addition to my collection.
Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth A. Romero
3.0 out of 5 stars It is ok
I really wanted to give this 5 stars but just couldn't. I bought this after hearing a couple of songs on the alternative station I listen to. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
3.0 out of 5 stars Used this music for senior citizens' rehab....
I enjoyed the first few songs on this CD. They have a fun, happy beat. My daughter put this in our CD player today & I couldn't stop moving. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for listening while driving all day
Love the Ting-Tings but never owned any music. This is a great album/CD. keeps me from yelling at all the idiots on the road because I'm singing instead !
Published on April 6, 2012 by BostonHolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique new music, suggest you check out their videos
Very different type of beat and voices. Music is reminiscent of the B52's type of music. Nice collection of songs, with only one or two that I did not like. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by G. Ambrose
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