Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Unfortunately it's largely downhill from here [after opener "Silence"].
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    30
    Maybe the Ting Tings have pulled some sort of Lou Reed maneuver here. Maybe this is their Lulu.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    50
    Sounds from Nowheresville shows that the Ting Tings have more range than their debut suggested, but while it's more ambitious and crafted, it's just not as coherent as We Started Nothing.
  4. Mar 20, 2012
    60
    The first five tracks stick more or less to the angular post-punk dance-party template....It's on the back half that Nowheresville turns crazily experimental
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    67
    This is no five-star, but the disc's greatest wobble is also its strongest suite: It genre-hops.
  6. Mar 15, 2012
    40
    Doing lame imitations of other things that are popular seems to be the mission statement for Sounds From Nowhere.
  7. Mar 13, 2012
    40
    The whole effort, a mere 33 minutes worth but seemingly longer, is disappointing, save one or two songs. Multiple spins just can't save this one.
  8. Mar 13, 2012
    25
    The mediocrity taints the entire record and makes one wonder how it all went so wrong.
  9. 60
    Nothing's wrong with stylized (uber- or otherwise) music (Paul's Boutique was, after all). But it helps when the craft behind the glitz is just as compelling.
  10. Mar 13, 2012
    67
    Sounds From Nowheresville is a blast when it's on and imminently forgettable when it's not.
  11. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    The music dips into ska, Eighties electro and power ballads, and the sumptuously noirish torch song "In Your Life" proves White's heart is as big as her spleen.
  12. Mar 12, 2012
    20
    It all amounts to a great deal of bluster for bluster's sake and becomes tiresome almost instantly.
  13. Mar 9, 2012
    40
    What's also noticeable is how unnecessarily restrained most of the album is.
  14. Mar 1, 2012
    18
    Sounds From Nowheresville makes me want to buy chocolate, try on clothes, take a holiday--anything but listen to this record.
  15. This is an album that deserves at least to reacquaint the Ting Tings with the outskirts of Somewheresville.
  16. Feb 27, 2012
    40
    Disappointing--and worse yet, faceless. [Apr 2012, p.99]
  17. 50
    The unfortunate irony is that Sounds From Nowheresville doesn't sound much like a grand rejection of pop music at all. It just sounds a little bereft of ideas, and way too short.
  18. Feb 27, 2012
    40
    A curious listen, Sounds From Nowheresville is akin to having your memory wiped at exactly the same moment an experience is stored in the brain.
  19. Feb 27, 2012
    50
    Much of the album either grates or bores.
  20. 100
    These 10 tracks are a masterclass in modern pop creation, pinballing from style to style without endangering their essential "TingTingness".
  21. Feb 23, 2012
    40
    What Sounds from Nowheresville most obviously evokes isn't anger or even if-we-must sulkiness, but confusion.
  22. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    It's fun, but not a lot to show for four years work.
  23. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    They know how to knock a tune together and have delivered a pop party album thrillingly in tune with contemporary listening habits.
  24. Feb 17, 2012
    40
    Ultimately it's hard to see this matching the levels of their early success.
  25. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    Altogether, it's an insipid assault of dribbly, sub-Billie Piper pop sludge.
  26. Mar 23, 2012
    60
    They sound more and more as if they've found a sound that they can all their own. [Apr 2012, p.94]
  27. Mar 21, 2012
    50
    Pure candy at its highest moments, but perceptibly hollow at others. [March 2012, p.80]
  28. Mar 20, 2012
    20
    Seems shambled and unfinished. [No. 85, p.58]
  29. Mar 14, 2012
    40
    Like over-keen Masterchef contestants, they chuck everything onto the plate to show off their skills, resulting in a charmless mess of congealed ideas. [April 2012, p.105]
  30. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    One-hit wonders no more, White and de Martino now sound prepared for a big pop future. [Mar 2012, p.101]
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    2
    There may be bongo drums and bells chimes thrown in aimlessly to try and spice things up, but that frankly cannot distract from the pairâ
  2. Jun 15, 2012
    9
    I have a hard time understanding why people don't like this album. I find myself singing along to every single one of the tracks from hit me down sonny to in your life. who cares that it isn't a perfectly crafted, cohesive record? i have a feeling that the ting tings weren't sitting in meetings going "okay, how do all these songs go together?" no. all that really matters is that they made a set of great songs that stand out on their own and don't blend together? i find myself being able to distinguish each track from the one before it and a lot of albums today, you can't do that with. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2012
    9
    The first seven tracks? Great beats, good fun. The last three? Not so much. Tracks 8 and 9 are a little too Top 40 for my tastes. But the gems make for an enjoyable listen for sure. Full Review »