The Ting Tings – We started nothing

first_imgTheir sound inspires unfavourable comparisons to the bland, risk-free sound of bands like The Gossip, replete as they are with the same lacklustre attempts at choppy beats, catchy melodies and girl-punk candour. Admittedly latest single ‘That’s Not My Name’ has been rattling round my cranium for the past couple of days, but honestly that’s not much to go by – I’ve also had the jingle from the ‘I Love Horses Magazine’ advert stuck in my head lately. Even when they try for something a little sweeter the best they can muster is the nauseating sub-Lily Allen ‘Traffic Light’ which is close to unbearable. Katie White’s vocals are pretty unassuming and often unassumingly pretty, which makes for particularly unconvincing effect when she tries to channel her inner rock-bitch during the functionless funk of ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’. And for that reason I pity them but not quite as much as I would do, had they not produced an album quite so depressingly forgettable. Harumph. Tiresome. Uninspiring. Unoriginal. Just some of the words that have been used to describe me over the years, but ones that could equally well be applied to this collection of MOR indie from awfully monikered, in-at-the-moment-but-won’t-be-come-the-next-issue-of-NME, Salford two-piece, The Ting Tings. Now I’m willing to confess that prior to even listening to the album I’d already formulated that pithy opening in my head. However, after thirty-seven uneventful minutes in the company of these ten songs I felt little compulsion to reconsider. One star. Ultimately this is just another offering from the endless cavalcade of identikit indie-poppers that are shoved down the ever grateful gullets of the credibility-seeking scene flitterers that devour this kind of stuff with relish, only to shortly thereafter excrete it into the void without a second thought, greedily awaiting the next musical morsel. last_img read more

43 lawmakers urge CFPB against overly burdensome prepaids rule

first_imgNoting concern with CFPB’s proposed rule for prepaid accounts, 43 lawmakers recently sent bureau Director Richard Cordray a letter outlining several recommendations that meet the “shared goal of empowering consumers with valuable financial tools while maintaining a vibrant prepaid marketplace.”The lawmakers, mostly Republican senators and congressmen, wrote that the bureau “should avoid imposing overly burdensome restrictions on providers that would prevent them from meeting the growing and diverse consumer demand for innovative prepaid product.”The letter, sent last month, listed several recommendations for the bureau to consider as it works on its rulemaking, which was released in proposed form last November:Consumer disclosures: The lawmakers urge Cordray to work to develop a “single, easy to understand pre-acquisition fee disclosure.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more