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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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."