Friday, July 4, 2008

Girl Talk / "Feed the Animals"


(Erik attempts a review of a mash-up album with a mash-up review...)

I never know what to say about mash-up records. You can say that Girl Talk was the pioneer of the mash up that helped bring them to a wider audience. Unlike mash-up makers in it to figure out the lamest way to combine two song titles, justify their existence with cheap mp3 blog Diggs, or wind up in a Cobrasnake shot with some Olsen twin look-a-like, Gillis just really likes stuffing tons of his favorite FM moments into bursts of Top 40 overload. But the album is more than just a gimmick: Gillis makes some samples sound like brand-new music with a more complicated message: "The whole basis of the music is that people have these emotional attachments to these songs. Being able to manipulate that is a really easy way to connect with people." What does this mean for "Feed the Animals" though? Feed the Animals is a good record. Though it’s broken up into 14 tracks, it functions best (and as Girl Talk intends) as a single 53-minute mash-up. There are no contradictions here; it’s just like scanning across several radio stations simultaneously, while everything magically synchs up. The real fun of Feed the Animals is the act of recognition, so I won’t say much more, except this—Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss” over the riff from Metallica’s “One?” The best part? It's available free and/or cheaply at your own discretion. $0 gets you 320kbps MP3s, $5 gets you high quality FLAC files, and $10 gets you a physical copy of the CD. Damn!

In short...

Feed the Animals = NICER DICER!!

Damn, indeed.

Rating: 8.2

5 comments:

Pelk said...

I saw him on Saturday. The place was hoppin

Erik said...

That's awesome! I kick myself for not going to a Girl Talk and Dan Deacon show my friend invited me to last year in Minneapolis.

choyce hacks! said...

best girl talk album review evar.

Erik said...

Haha, thank you!

Anonymous said...

big props on bringing NICER DICER back. It's about time