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The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing | Excessively Danceable

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Artist: The Ting Tings
Album: We Started Nothing
Label: Columbia
Release Date: June 3rd, 2008

It doesn't take much of an imagination to enjoy the Ting Tings. The UK-based duo, who have garnered wide media attention thanks to those obtrusively "stylish" Apple commercials, devise instantly appealing, uninvolved jams. Their brand of dance-infused pop-rock is as sharp and clear as their name. And, in stark contrast to their rather bucolic birthplace, the Ting Tings are full of vim and vigor.

We Started Nothing swings into gear with "Great DJ"—a foot-tapping hymn to the disc jockey. The vaulting, unbridled tone professes a strong love for CSS-like articulation. Thus, the leading track exhibits a wide use of heightened expression, contagious pop melodies and gyrating beats.

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Other single-worthy material, like "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up And Let Me Go," is constructed around similar melodic and rhythmic patterns. But the only structural idea at work, while irrefutably endearing, verges on being overly accessible and predictable.

The Ting Tings - "Shut Up And Let Me Go"