THE TING TINGS play the Phoenix April 6. See listing. Rating: NN
The Ting Tings' second album starts out promisingly enough with the pretty drone pop of Silence, which sounds like a more electronic Spiritualized. Too bad things go to shit immediately after on Hit Me Down Sonny, which sounds like Sleigh Bells if you cut out all the menace and sonic inventiveness that make them interesting. Doing lame imitations of other things that are popular seems to be the mission statement for Sounds From
The duo themselves see it differently. To their ears, this unfocused approach is meant to emulate the feeling of an iPod playlist, which might have seemed au courant in 2005. Some tracks sound a bit like LCD Soundsystem as covered by LMFAO. One By One brings to mind Ladytron's less inspired electro-pop moments, while album-closing ballad In Your Life comes across like Lana Del Rey, but without any sense of drama. It's disappointing, because when they combine all these strands on Help, they prove they can actually write a good pop song.
Top track: Help