If you've heard a Girl Talk album before, especially 2008's Feed The Animals
, then you know exactly what to expect here. It's a milkshake of pop tunes and rap lyrics from all over the generations of recorded music, designed for the ADD age: immediately satisfying and eventually as disposable as the paper cup it came in. It's totally free though, so why not?
There are a few "aha!" moments on this one, like nearly all of the Radiohead instrumentals, and a few of the more swift tracks towards the end, but at the end of the day a Girl Talk album is a Girl Talk album is a Girl Talk album. The acceleration of technology allowed an entire 2010 Internet following to decode every sample (no matter how brief), in several different easy-to-use visual diagrams, less than a week after its release. So much of the mystery and whimsy that made Night Ripper
fun and "crazy" in 2006 was more or less dissected and discarded overnight by those hungry for ingredient knowledge.
Some might say the third time's a charm but Gillis is still working with the same play book. Even if it 'aint broke, it's still predictable. Now we're looking for the plays we know and love, expecting the likes of Gaga and Lil' Wayne to make their voices known over 90s instrumentals and whatnot. It still works for the gym and the dance-floor, but no one is going to wax life-altering poetry over the juxtaposition (well, almost no one).
Still, the fact remains. Girl Talk is the brand we all know and trust for retrospective mash-up fun that spans decades of enjoyable, recognizable tracks. As long as he keeps making 'em, we'll keep listening.
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MP3: "Triple Double"
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