With songs such as That’s Not My Name and Shut Up and Let Me Go to their name, The long-awaited second album by the Ting Tings does not quite live up to expectations.
Despite being released four years after their award-winning debut album We Started Nothing, Sounds from Nowheresville leaves a lot to be desired. Of the ten tracks on the release, there is not one stand-out track comparable to the catchy sounds of the band’s first two singles.
As a whole the album is a bit restless, with each song offering a different experimental style of music, including hip-hop, electro-pop and even sounds of garage rock. Despite Sounds from Nowheresville not matching up to their 2008 release, The Ting Tings have created a fun and punchy pop sound. The stand out track on this album is Give It Back, with good bass, a garage rock sound and a catchy chorus.
Even though this album offers a fun and creative sound, it isn’t much to show for four year’s work and a lot of the songs are an acquired taste.