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Girl Talk — All Day

The 2010 fifth album by American mash up musician Girl Talk.

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Girl Talk — All Day

  • Dec 15, 2010

Four years ago, "mashups" (or what simply would have been called "DJing" back in the day) were all the rage. The art seemed to burst into hipster consciousness when Danger Mouse put out his Grey Album , and Girl Talk's Night Ripper took it to new heights.

The genre hasn't exactly gotten stale, but one does have to wonder just how much longer it has before it "jumps the shark," so to speak, or people abandon it for the new flavour of the month. Anybody remember how quickly iPod battles went out of fashion?

Enter All Day , Girl Talk's newest album, which he's described as his "most complicated" record yet. While it does seem to feature more samples than he's ever used, to most people it will just sound like yet another Girl Talk record. And it is.

But within it are some truly mind-blowing moments. Take the beginning of second "track" "Let It Out," for example. Most people would not have the ears or musical knowledge to even consider the possibility of pitting The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" and Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On" against each other.

But Girl Talk's brilliance lies in the fact that he's capable of hearing multiple facets and grooves in disparate genres and tunes that at first listen, seem to have nothing in common, then he unites them in one wonderful mess.

You have to wonder, though, what that bodes for the future. In this new musical environment and (as some would say) wilderness, does this mean your average kid, who now may not necessarily appreciate the art of a cohesive work like an "album," is going to only be able to listen to 10 seconds of a song before he or she gets bored and tunes out? If so, that truly makes "mashups" sad.

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August 01, 2011
This sounds like an interesting album.
December 16, 2010
Girl Talk started in Cleveland, at Case Western Reserve University. And was featured in the book Ripped, which I reviewed here: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Ri...in_the_Digital_Age.html Great review!
December 15, 2010
Yay, glad you were able to get this review up, Alfred!  I LOVE mashups and I LOVE Girl Talk :)  Didn't realize that they just dropped a new album, so I definitely have to download it.  btw, I think you would appreciate this list of mashups by @dalydose.  Thanks for sharing!
December 15, 2010
Great review! Ramones and Missy? I can definitely hear that in my head but, I'm gonna have to check this out. Have you ever heard DJ Z-Trip? His mash-ups are AMAZING and he's often referred to as the Inventor of the Mash-up which he doesn't necessarily like since he just calls it DJing LOL.

I think the key is to bring people into the song, so usually when I spin, I don't tend to mix out or blend until 45 seconds to a minute has passed, at the very least. People want to hear the song and dance to it for a bit, they tend to get really pissy if you only mix 10-30 seconds of a song and then, move onto something all together.

But, that's at dance clubs. It's different on albums where people with a vast musical knowledge can appreciate the blends and mashes of different samples. They know where those samples originated and might not have thought to mix it with the other (like the Ramones/Missy example!). Great review, I'm going to have to check this out!
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All Day is the fifth album by American mash up musician Girl Talk, released by the record label Illegal Art on November 15, 2010 as a free download. The album consists of 373 overlapping samples of other artists' songs.

All Day was released as one seamless 71-minute MP3 file and as 12 separate tracks. The Illegal Art website stated that the album was "intended to be listened to as a whole," but was "broken up into individual tracks only for easier navigation."
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