The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing (Sony BMG)
Ah the Ting Tings. There we were, all ready for them with our knives sharpened. Consider the evidence – the NME patronage, the ubiquitous boy/ girl duo format, the dodgy pop past, the iTunes ad. Everything about the Ting Tings suggests a band that we should be able to dismiss swiftly and move on. Everything, that is, except We Started Nothing – a sometimes exceptional debut that strives to prove that everything -we’ know is wrong.
Where it should by rights be a style over substance disaster, the record hints that the Ting Tings may just have an air of greatness around them. The singles you’ll know and fine things they are too, especially -That’s Not My Name’ which is introducing a spark into daytime radio as we speak. That and -Great DJ’ kick We Started Nothing off in impressive style, something the following -Fruit Machine’ and -Traffic Light’ fail to capitalise on – being quite as uninspiring as their titles. Thankfully, though, the pair re-discover their mojo to produce a string of winners. They’re more varied than you might think too, dealing in white guitar funk (-Shut Up And Let Me Go’), low key indie (the very Ham Sandwich -Be The One’) and even atmospheric pianos on -We Walk’. It’s all a million miles away from the clichÃ©s that you may have been expecting and leaves you, quite unexpectedly, wanting a second chapter as soon as possible.