Girl Talk is finally back. And, again, for free! Let me start this review with saying, this album would already be a 10 out of 10, if it is was like 20 Dollars, but for free? Better than sex. I s**t you not.
Of course, you have to be into remix-culture/Mash-Up-izm and just lots of different kinds of music to really appreciate this piece of art. But then again, come on, it IS for free, so whatever your taste in music is, you might as well just download it and give it a try:
So how do you explain Girl Talk's music? Ok, you know when they mash up two songs together, like let's say, "Numb/Encore" a few years back? Now imagine a song where not two songs, but around 20 songs get mixed into 3 minutes, with 3 or 4 songs playing at the same time, changing every other second to some other songs. Sounds confusing and exhausting? Well, maybe only for the first few listen's but you get used to it pretty quick and it is actually not that different than DJ's in the club mixing songs together to a good party. Just. Way. Better.
What I always enjoyed so much about Girl Talk was the fact, that the songs he mixes are mostly chart-hits, not some unknown Indie-tracks. Rihanna, Cindy Lauper, Lil Wayne, U2, Beyonce, Beastie Boys, artists that you are most probably familiar with if you have listened to pop music in the past two decade's. And of those songs, Girl Talk mixes just the very familiar parts. Just the chorus or hook, just the most memorable bass line or beat. It all has a strong Hip Hop sensibility about it without actually being that Hip Hop. So if you do like Hip Hop, but also like all kinds of other music, from 80's pop to Hard Rock to House to RnB to Reggaeton to Classic Rock to... whatever else there is, you might enjoy this. A lot.
Personally, Mash-Up's always annoyed me a bit. Having two songs, that are very different from each other, play at the same time, is a nice gag for one or two times, but it gets very old very quick. But having those two songs play only for about 10 seconds together makes for a totally different music-experience. The first couple seconds of this album as an example: Ludacris raps his "Move Bitch" over some Black Sabbath. For a couple of seconds? Awesome! For a whole song? Meh.
I guess some over-used songs could have been cut (yes, "I want you back" from Jackson 5 is in this), but then again, the fact that those songs have that strong familiarity about them, just brings a certain structure to all that musical chaos, that you do need to not go crazy.
I don't really want to go into an in-depth analysis of every song as this album is meant to be listened as a whole anyway. Also, I don't really want to compare to the two previous full-length Girl Talk albums. It is more of the same and if you liked it before, you will still like it. If you haven't listened to the past albums, do yourself a favor and download "Feed the Animals" and "Night Ripper" as well here.
Girl Talk is as exciting as ever and still makes me smile with every freakishly fast-changing sample, and music that makes me smile and nod my head AND is for free is just not enough these days. Hand clap. Please.