The Ting Tings
Super Critical


3.0
good

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
October 29th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 10/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't turn your back yet

Disappearing in the shadows shortly after the release of their wildly eclectic and inconsistent second album, Sounds From Nowheresville, The Ting Tings rapidly regrouped in Ibiza to plan their next moves. It was very important for them to churn a more consistent record in order to recapture their fans' interest. Two years later, we receive Super Critical, a short and rather sweet effort that might not launch them to the top of the charts once again, but at least confirms us they're not yet ready to fade into obscurity.

Channeling their inner George Michael and several late '70s-early '80s funk/disco acts, Katie and Jules wrote nine songs that will suit your cool, retro parties. The trademark palm-muted guitars, slap bass alongside claps, piano lines and various vintage synths dominate Super Critical, while the shiny sing-alongs and her passionate vocals are just as cute as ever. Such is the case of highlights like 'Wrong Club', 'Only Love', 'Do It Again' or 'Communication': they are really enjoyable, feel good cuts that display the chemistry between the two members. Amid the simple yet catchy structures, Katie's chops have become tighter and Jules does a great job providing all the other instruments and giving the whole album a cohesive flow. To complete the funk/disco pastiche, The Ting Tings add some horns on the title cut and 'Green Poison', thus creating a more authentic vibe and enhancing the grooves. There's nothing you haven't already heard at some point, but at least they do a good job presenting their ideas this time.

Yes, some tunes will inevitably remind you of past hits, but giving more of the same (which in some cases was also more of the same to begin with) shouldn't be a reason to discard this from the first listen. 'Do It Again' follows the same path as Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', whereas 'Only Love' sounds like a twangy version of Kylie Minogue's hit, 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. Still, kudos to Ting Tings for creating a consistent record that not only manages to mend the damage done by its faulty predecessor, but also create a coherent, fun atmosphere. A long time has passed since We Started Nothing shook the charts with a string of hits, so even though this effort won't be a multi-platinum success, it should re-establish their credibility as a pop act. To be honest, Super Critical is simply a cute record that shows they are back on track after a few years of less successful experiments. Hopefully, they won't lose it again and maintain this momentum.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I forgot these guys had a new record coming out and I stumbled upon it a few days ago. Surprisingly, it's better than the predecessor. Still, haters gonna hate.



Yes, Katie is still cute and the main reason I bother listening to them.



Watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7CTEdDvsdk

AliW1993
October 29th 2014


7511 Comments


Are they still on a major label? If so they must have given up on them, because they've given this no promotion whatsoever. I had no idea it was coming out until the other day.

Snake.
October 29th 2014


21128 Comments


fucking terrible band

Digging: Space Camp - Inevitable Demise

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This came out on Finca Records, Ali. I don't think it's a major label, but yeah, the promotional activity was inexistent. I didn't even know they had a video for Wrong Club and almost missed the release date lol

Apollo
October 29th 2014


10677 Comments


Worst band name in history?

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh, who cares about the name?

gryndstone
October 30th 2014


1187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very groovy. Surprised at how consistent this is with its sound

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah. Only Love, Wrong Club and Communication are quite catchy lol. I've been listening to them a lot this week.

Archelirion
November 1st 2014


5610 Comments


I have a nasty feeling I'm gonna have Wrong Club in my head for a while now. This might be a problem.

DamnVanne
November 3rd 2014


2785 Comments


shut up and let me go?



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