Feed The Animals - Girl Talk
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, artist is made from samples from a diverse palette of artists, including Jay-Z, Britney Spears, The Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, Megadeth, UGK, and The Cure.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Gregg Gillis has plenty to say about music. What he has to say about life, which is that "I'd Rather" equals "Gimme Some Lovin'," remains more limited. Nevertheless, sequences here give me hope.
  2. If you've heard any of his previous work (including the fairly recent Night Ripper), you know the modus operandi for Girl Talk, but Feed The Animals is even on another level in terms of sheer density. Because of this, just about everyone who hears it will have different favorite moments that stick out to them, and that's part of the beauty.
  3. Feed the Animals, while perhaps not as fresh as "Night Ripper," is a sweaty, neon-lit, seizure inducing, off-the-wall, utter delight.
  4. Feed the Animals helps to solidify Gillis' role as the supreme 80s-baby pop synthesizer.
  5. Some couplings are brilliant.... Too often, though, the sheer familiarity of Girl Talk's building blocks detracts from his particular accomplishment.
  6. Gillis finds his inspiration in just that, celebrating the mixed messages, the stupidity, the sensuality, the sheer schizophrenia, and echoing them back to us like a machine gun of instant nostalgia. And you can dance to it. [Fall 2008, p.81]
  7. 20
    Sadly, Feed The Animals blends commercial US rap with rock classics with so little charm or skll, that even Jive Bunny is slightly annoyed you've used his name in vain. [Nov 2008, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JahW.
    Aug 18, 2009
    Immaculate blend. The term mash-up does this genre a disservice - nothing is mashed at all. One of my all-time faves - and SO ACCESSIBLE.
  2. NickP.
    Sep 10, 2008
    I can appreciate why people don't like this album, but I can tell you now, that nothing that's been released in recent time has made me smile and be as nostalgic as this album has. The combination of old and new, mixed over with such care, love an attention is awesome. In fact, this makes me want to listen to it again :) Expand
  3. ScottW.
    Oct 16, 2008
    If this sounds like something you might like, snap it up right away. It's an endlessly entertaining party starter of an album. It's hard to explain how well this stuff works, you have to hear it for yourself. Expand
  4. Nick
    Jul 3, 2008
    Such a great album. Right up there with Night Ripper. I hope the next album will be yet more diverse. Maybe mix around with some different time sigs? Is that too much to ask? Expand
  5. BrightE.
    Aug 28, 2008
    Takes genuine art to produce something which should be so cheesy, into something which goes alongside bon iver on my year's best albums list. great stuff. high volume. the lack of a 10 is only because they didn't mix .... oh I'm boring myself. Expand
  6. PaulH.
    Oct 24, 2008
    Gills' first couple albums were terribly schizophrenic and often far to abrasive to dance to. With this album, Girl Talk takes that slapdash hodgepodge and give's it character and identity. For music lovers who grew up in the 80's 90's and 00's love this album. If you are looking for IDM go elsewhere...this is strictly laptronica for people with short attention spans, like me! Go gillis. Expand
  7. Stu
    Sep 4, 2008
    If rapping over "come on Eileen" and other errr 'poppy' tunes is your thing, then this is the album for you. Not for me though, I think it's plain rubbish. Expand

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