There are just some songs in the world that you will never forget and The Ting Ting’s have a couple of those songs under their belt with ‘That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Great DJ’. The British duo are one of my not so secret guilty pleasures with their alternative pop fusion which is so experimental, fun and quirky. However it has been four years since the band have released their under-appreciated third studio album ‘Super Critical’ but they don’t seem to care about that as they’ve just returned with a darker new sound. Their fourth studio album ‘The Black Light’ is a short but painful affair of confusing experimentation that is almost unlistenable. From the opening riff of ‘Estranged’ that launches into a 3am rave beat, you will find yourself quickly questioning what is going on. It’s as if The Prodigy had a love child with Kate Nash but it somehow got into a bag of LCD. And that definition makes it sound kind of cool, but it’s not. I really wanted to love this record, I really did but I just couldn’t. ‘Blacklight’, ‘A&E’, ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Fine & Dandy’ are just lost in another world and they try so hard to make it work, they really do, but it doesn’t. They are hard to get through on a first listen that a second listen isn’t even questionable. A lot of the songs are very in your face and almost feel incorrectly synched with Katie’s vocals as they sound annoyingly off beat.
In saying that ‘Basement’ and ‘Word For This’ are the records “strongest” moments and give you something you can at least bop along to and kind of reminisce on their old records which are a lot stronger and more cohesive. With only 8 songs, it’s sad that this record feels so long. But I guess that’s just a strong testament in just how different and interesting their record is.