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Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25

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  1. Feb 23, 2013
    This album is nothing short of phenomenal, and it's an absolute shame that it's not getting the critical or commercial praise it deserves. The main problem I had with We Started Nothing was how one-dimensional monotonous it came off, even if it was home to plenty of catchy tunes. It mind-boggling how well this British duo fixed every gripe I had with their debut. Practically every song on Sounds from Nowheresville incorporates a different genre. There’s electronic music (“Silence”), rock-influenced pop-rap (“Hit Me Down Sonny” “Hang It Up”), heavy groove-driven garage rock (“Give It Back”), spoken word over minimalistic indie rock (“Guggenheim”), funk-rock (“Soul Killing”), 80’s synth-pop (“One By One”), pop-country (“Day to Day”), beautiful exercises in dramatic buildups (“Help”) quiet yet emotional balladry (“In Your Life”), each experiment providing a similar level of Ting Tings infectiousness that makes every single track extremely memorable. And yes, I just named off the entire track list. I might’ve really liked the other albums mentioned throughout this paper, but this is definitely my favorite out of all of these, and is easily in my top 5 albums of 2012. It helps that I saw them live just a few days after first hearing this album, which definitely enhanced my feelings toward these tracks. Pick this up ASAP. I cannot stress this enough. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2012
    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. Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    One of my favourite albums so far this year, and will be moved from my Spotify playlist into my permanent iPod collection. Of note, the euphoric opener Silence is a great first song, Give It Back has a great energy through a drums/guitar combo but Guggenheim is the standout track among on an album of plenty of gems. It
  4. Apr 18, 2012
    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.

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
    Maybe the Ting Tings have pulled some sort of Lou Reed maneuver here. Maybe this is their Lulu.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    They sound more and more as if they've found a sound that they can all their own. [Apr 2012, p.94]