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Sounds From Nowheresville (Vinyl)

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2012 sophomore album from the platinum-selling British Alt-Rock duo. After achieving worldwide success with their debut album, We Started Nothing, the duo spent a relentless two years touring before eventually returning to the studio. Following a brief spell in Berlin where they recorded and subsequently ditched a whole batch of songs they weren't happy with, The Ting Tings packed their bags and landed in Southern Spain where they threw out the rule books and made music that made them happy.

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0077PHL62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By O. Johnson on June 8, 2012
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"Sounds from Nowheresville" by The Ting Tings was quite a surprise. The surprise being that the album is one of the most innovative and also one of the best released albums in the past couple of years. "How did they do it," one might ask. They stepped outside of the box and put together a noncohesive masterwork with one common goal: To ignite the spirit of self expression, respect, and love.

1. Silence: 9.5/10 - It's tribal, euro funk laden beats underscores a repetitive chorus of "hold your tongue now, and let them all, listen to your silence." In our ever expressive world, it's hard to find a place of quiet. There are so many things crammed down our throats, impeding our thoughts, that it becomes a daily overload. This song puts "Silence" into the focus, and is an awesome opener to -

2. Hit Me Down Sunny: 10/10 - Marching drums, ringing church bells, snares going ballistic, now sprinkle some Spanish in there, and the result is a blistering anthem of keep your head up. When the picking, juke joint guitar starts it's strut through the middle of the song, I want to dance. Throw my middle finger into the wind of criticism, giving its negativity the royal salute it deserves. The last minute of this song is truly the genius of the Tings at work.

3. Hang it Up: 9/10 - Again the drums and lyrics make me march, pushes me to keep my head up. It swaggers through a pure funk ride. I find myself smiling every time I hear it. This is the 1st release from "Sounds From Nowheresville," a mighty fine choice. It's poppy and visceral at the same time. Again the last riff is genius.

4. Give it Back: 10/10 - This slow built banger is all about letting go. From the lyrics, The Tings went through some sheibe, and this tune lashes the wrongdoers in epic fashion.
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I've been a fan of The Ting Tings since I first heard "Shut Up and Let Me Go". As soon as 2010 rolled by, I heard about their original second album, "Kunst"... but that was scrapped. Then early this year, I heard about "Sounds From Nowheresville", so today it was released and I finally sat through and listened to all the songs! Here's my ratings:

Silence - 7.5/10. It's not my favorite, but it's okay. It doesn't fit in with some of the other songs. It's not a very strong opener.

Hit Me Down Sonny - 10/10. I love this song, one of my favorites on the album.

Hang it Up - 10/10. My favorite from the album. It's so catchy... it's better than "That's Not My Name", IMHO.

Give it Back - 9/10. I like it. It's catchy.

Guggenheim - 7.9/10. I like this, it can get annoying... but it's okay.

Soul Killing - 9/10. I like this song too, they sound good doing regge-esc music.

One by One - 9/10. This song is pretty good, it reminds me of a left-over from "We Stated Nothing"... but it's actually better than some of that albums songs!

Day to Day - 10/10. I didn't like this at first, but the more I listened, the more I loved Kate's voice. It's nice to hear her do a ballad-ish song. It's very pretty.

Help - 8/10. Good song, but it kinda blends in.

In Your Life - 8/10. Same problem with "Help"... it just blends in, but it's pretty good.

So, all in all, the album isn't too bad. Honestly, I like it as a whole album more than "We Started Nothing"... plus, the album cover is going to be a classic!

If you're a fan of techno/punk/pop/regge, then pick it up, I'm sure you won't regret it!

-Raymond
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I found this release to be somewhat of a departure from their magnificent debut We Started Nothing. The main difference is that Katie 'sings' a lot more on this one and I found a lot of different influences in the music and that is a great thing. It begins with 'Silence' of which is very atmospheric with Katie's pretty singing voice harmonizing with itself. 'Hit Me Down Sonny' has sputtering snare drums, chiming bells, and a hot guitar riff. It kind of feels to me like a blend of Blondie's 'Rapture' and Book of Love's bells and then towards the end, the drum sounds change in kind of a drum solo and the guitar and bass take on kind of a 311 feel. 'Hang it Up' I did not like too much at first, but upon repeated listens it really got to me. It's built over a 'Funkytown' guitar lick (from the Funkytown Chorus) and the guitars are pretty huge sounding-very powerful. 'Give it Back' really has a B-52's type feel to it. Katie even sounds a little like Cindy Wilson at one brief moment. The 'They can never hold us down...' in 'Soul Killing' really reminds me of early Tom Tom Club (On and On...). One of my favorites is 'One by One'. It has kind of a Kraftwerk (Electric Cafe era) straightforward beat and arpeggiated synthetics that I find hypnotizing and captivating. 'Help' is rich with vocal harmonies and very dramatic (in a good way). 'In your Life' is OK. 'Guggenheim' reminds me of kind of an early Blondie. Throughout the entire disc the drums and instrumentation is pure perfection. They are a great duo.
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I seen the "Ting Tings" on Saturday Night Live a couple years ago and really liked them. I bought their CD ( We Started Nothing) the next day. I liked the whole album, every song infact. Especially tracks 2 and 5. I'm in my mid 60's (eewww I know) but this is NOTHING like the first album, completely different style. If you're into "Rap", you may like it, but I'm not
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