The Ting Tings Sounds From Nowheresville

Sounds From Nowheresville

The Ting Tings

Released on February 24, 2012 by Columbia

Main artist: The Ting Tings

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Four years would normally be a long time for a band like the Ting Tings to wait between albums, but they didn't disappear entirely: two of the biggest hits from We Started Nothing, "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," were still used in commercials and soundtracks years after their debut's release, suggesting a remarkable endurance for their bright and brassy new-new wave. But if We Started Nothing was the Ting Tings' cry for attention, Sounds from Nowheresville finds the duo at a loss for what to do once they got it. The scrappy pop of their first album is largely gone, replaced by a glossy eclecticism that, for better or worse, feels labored over. Given that the Ting Tings were inspired by the Beastie Boys' mosaic-like masterpiece Paul's Boutique and many of these songs were written on the road, it's not surprising that Nowheresville has a wide range, but too often it just sounds scattered. There's a clear Beasties influence (though the execution is more reminiscent of Beck's Odelay) on "Hit Me Down Sonny" and "Hang It Up," but the former track sounds fun while the latter one grates. Indeed, the duo's insistence on trying to inject We Started Nothing's spunky energy where it doesn't belong hinders some of the album's more promising songs: "Guggenheim"'s tale of heartbreak, revenge, and makeup is tantalizing, especially on its girl group-channeling spoken word verses, but that promise is squandered on the clomping choruses. Likewise, "Help"'s acoustic balladry is surprisingly soft and alluring before the shouting starts again. The album fares better when the Ting Tings remember that they're as handy with melodies as they are with beats and samples, as on "Soul Killing," a playful piece of ska-pop that uses a squeaky door as a percussion element, and on "Day to Day," which, with its tightly looped acoustic guitars and mechanical beats, evokes the teen pop ballads churned out by the production team the Matrix in the early 2000s. Interestingly, Nowheresville's best moments bookend the rest. "Silence" begins the album with slow-burning drones that are a far cry from We Started Nothing's sugar rush hooks, while "In Your Life" closes it with a ballad that would do Nancy Sinatra proud; it's mournful, slow, relaxed, spacious -- everything that virtually every other Ting Tings song isn't. 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. ~ Heather Phares
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Album : 1 disk - 19 tracks Total length : 01:12:01

  1. 1 Silence

    Jeremy Wheatley, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Marcos Tovar, Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  2. 2 Hit Me Down Sonny

    Jeremy Wheatley, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Engineer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  3. 3 Hang It Up

    Chris Snow, Guitar - Chris Snow, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  4. 4 Give It Back

    Chris Snow, Engineer - Chris Snow, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Producer - Julian de Martino, Composer - Julian de Martino, Lyricist - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  5. 5 Guggenheim

    Chris Snow, Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  6. 6 Soul Killing

    Jeremy Wheatley, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Engineer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  7. 7 One By One

    Jeremy Wheatley, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Producer - Julian de Martino, Composer - Julian de Martino, Lyricist - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Marcos Tovar, Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  8. 8 Day to Day

    Erica Nockalls, Strings - Jeremy Wheatley, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Engineer - Jules De Martino, Producer - Julian de Martino, Composer - Julian de Martino, Lyricist - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Mike Nowland, Strings - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - Noh1/FatCat, Performance Arranger - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  9. 9 Help

    Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Marcos Tovar, Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  10. 10 In Your Life

    Chris Snow, Mixing Engineer - David Eggar, Acoustic Cello - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Marcos Tovar, Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - Nilesh Patel, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  11. 11 Silence (Bag Raiders Remix)

    Bag Raiders, Keyboards - Bag Raiders, Producer - Bag Raiders, Re-Mixer - Graeme Durham, Mastering Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  12. 12 Hang It Up (Inertia Remix)

    Dave Turner, Mastering Engineer - Inertia, Re-Mixer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  13. 13 Give It Back (Demo)

    Jules De Martino, Producer - Julian de Martino, Composer - Julian de Martino, Lyricist - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  14. 14 Hang It Up (Abacus & Vargas 'Predator' Remix)

    Abacus, Re-Mixer - Dave Turner, Mastering Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer - Vargas, Re-Mixer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  15. 15 Hands

    Calvin Harris, Mixing Engineer - Julian de Martino, Composer - Julian de Martino, Lyricist - Julian de Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - Marcos Tovar, Engineer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  16. 16 Guggenheim (Got It Right Mix)

    Andy Taylor, Producer - Andy Taylor, Re-Mixer - Dave Turner, Mastering Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  17. 17 Hang It Up (Shook Remix)

    Graeme Durham, Mastering Engineer - Jasper Wijnands, Keyboards - Jasper Wijnands, Producer - Jasper Wijnands, Re-Mixer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  18. 18 Ain't Got Shit

    Dave Turner, Mastering Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Mixing Engineer - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  19. 19 Hang It Up (CKB Remix)

    CKB, Re-Mixer - Dave Turner, Mastering Engineer - Jules De Martino, Composer - Jules De Martino, Lyricist - Jules De Martino, Producer - Katie White, Composer - Katie White, Lyricist - The Ting Tings, Performer Copyright : (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

  • Album description
  • Four years would normally be a long time for a band like the Ting Tings to wait between albums, but they didn't disappear entirely: two of the biggest hits from We Started Nothing, "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," were still used in commercials and soundtracks years after their debut's release, suggesting a remarkable endurance for their bright and brassy new-new wave. But if We Started Nothing was the Ting Tings' cry for attention, Sounds from Nowheresville finds the duo at a loss for what to do once they got it. The scrappy pop of their first album is largely gone, replaced by a glossy eclecticism that, for better or worse, feels labored over. Given that the Ting Tings were inspired by the Beastie Boys' mosaic-like masterpiece Paul's Boutique and many of these songs were written on the road, it's not surprising that Nowheresville has a wide range, but too often it just sounds scattered. There's a clear Beasties influence (though the execution is more reminiscent of Beck's Odelay) on "Hit Me Down Sonny" and "Hang It Up," but the former track sounds fun while the latter one grates. Indeed, the duo's insistence on trying to inject We Started Nothing's spunky energy where it doesn't belong hinders some of the album's more promising songs: "Guggenheim"'s tale of heartbreak, revenge, and makeup is tantalizing, especially on its girl group-channeling spoken word verses, but that promise is squandered on the clomping choruses. Likewise, "Help"'s acoustic balladry is surprisingly soft and alluring before the shouting starts again. The album fares better when the Ting Tings remember that they're as handy with melodies as they are with beats and samples, as on "Soul Killing," a playful piece of ska-pop that uses a squeaky door as a percussion element, and on "Day to Day," which, with its tightly looped acoustic guitars and mechanical beats, evokes the teen pop ballads churned out by the production team the Matrix in the early 2000s. Interestingly, Nowheresville's best moments bookend the rest. "Silence" begins the album with slow-burning drones that are a far cry from We Started Nothing's sugar rush hooks, while "In Your Life" closes it with a ballad that would do Nancy Sinatra proud; it's mournful, slow, relaxed, spacious -- everything that virtually every other Ting Tings song isn't. 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. ~ Heather Phares

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