We Started Nothing - The Ting Tings
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  • Summary: The single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" from the debut album for the British duo was used in an Apple commercial.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. We Started Nothing comes packed with a peppy parade of songs likewise steeped in electro beats and chant-along vocals.
  2. 80
    The singles--'Fruit Machine,' 'Great DJ' amd the electro Krautrock of 'That's Not My Name'--are supported by the equally impressive 'Shut Up and Let Me Go' and closing title track, all bouncing beats, shiny samples and an invigorating knack for a pop tune. {june 2008, p.109]
  3. 72
    Every song on this record pulsates with so many heart-thumping beats per minute, you'd think this was some newfangled cardiovascular exercise for ravers. [Spring 2008, p.99]
  4. What the Ting Tings do is make sunny, punchy pop songs, and what’s more, that’s something that actually do pretty well. How much lifespan there is in the project, however, is another question entirely.
  5. De Martino and White are on an unashamed mission to make perfect pop, but seem to have treaded the path too literally.
  6. The creative tension between the two is their main strength. It's when one or the other gains the upper hand that things can go awry. [June 2008, p.143]
  7. Maybe once the Ting Tings stop trying so hard to convince everyone they're having a good time and start actually having a good time, these cute little ballads will no longer be their sole redeeming quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Feb 16, 2011
    8
    We Started Nothing is a catchy pop album with endless chants and crazy beats. When you listen to it, it somehow talks no sense because the tracks' meaning are actually covered up by the duo's vocal and instrumental performances. The album is fresh and fun but some ridiculously catchy and good. Expand
  2. May 31, 2012
    8
    An album with good quality and poppy feel. Whilst a bit more ballad would seem to some as being neccessary for a band of this type, the slight rock edge not only make the songs more interesting but show off the up beat nature of the duo. Some songs don't live up to the standard set by the album, but overall is a delight. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    6
    A pleasantly surprising pop record with a couple of tracks you can't help but dance to and a few other nice numbers in there as well. Granted it's got a couple of duds on it but there's more good than bad on it. Expand
  4. May 7, 2012
    5
    Album is pretty so-so, few really great tracks while the rest are a little dissapointing, The Ting tings have a really great talent but it wasn't executed all to well here.Stand out tracks include "That's not my name","Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go". Overall a pretty meek debut album, The Ting tings need to improve if they want success Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    5
    Not worth all the hype the British music press heaped upon them. Just stock standard pop music nothing more nothing less.
  6. May 24, 2011
    1
    I was expecting chanting anthemic thats not my name-esque bangers all the way through. Instead I got an album that disintegrated quicker than sugar in tea. Absolute DRIVEL. Expand

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