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. KT
    Jun 5, 2008
    9
    Danceable, fun, and entirely summery.
  2. BradleyM
    Jun 10, 2008
    9
    A breath of fresh air in the somewhat stale halls of indie pop misic. Catchy, fun and memorable
  3. CristobalG.
    Sep 9, 2008
    9
    Really great, fun, with an incredible production...It's probably the only truly pop album I've listened to this year, and I simply loved it since the very first time I gave it a spin...there's something about this duo that makes them really special, it might sound subjective, but I'd say it's charisma. Anyway, get this one ASAP, but be careful, it won't leave your stereo as soon as you might think. Expand
  4. JuliaA.
    Jun 24, 2008
    8
    Not really original (We Walk somehow reminds me of Franz Ferdinand's Take Me out), but still fun to be heard. Maybe Katie got her voice slightly off on some tracks (like Keep Your Head and Be The One), but still this is an album you don't really feel guilty when decided to buy or try to give a spin. Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. FelipeP
    Jun 6, 2008
    0
    Don't Believe the Hype! This album is horrible, just 3 songs listenable. One more hit wonders.

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