CD Review: All Day by Girl Talk

You could spend a very long time trying to figure out what all these songs Girl Talk (aka Greg Gillis) has strung together on his CD, All Day, and that’s part of the fun. The other part of the fun is that Girl Talk’s mashed up and mixed many excellent songs together – and in ways that continually surprise. A lot of these songs I dig, but do I love each and every song he brings in? No. But do I enjoy how he has brought all of them into each song? Absolutely. Plus there’s a strange new life to many of them.

All Day

I had what was kind of an obsessive habit back when I was a kid listening to the radio. I needed to know who did whatever new song I heard. If the DJ didn’t announce it, I would call the DJ. I still want to know what everything I hear is, and nowadays the Internet has made that so much easier. But on All Day it’s great fun for me to pick out what I know, and pursue what I don’t. The CD kicks off with the cool “Oh No,” (Ludacris and Black Sabbath, Jane’s Addiction, the Brothers Johnson, the Ramones and the Doors. And it doesn’t let up from there. “That’s Right” includes Sir Mix-a-Lot, Fat Joe (“Lean Back,”) Peter Gabriel, inventive inclusions of Rihanna’s “Rudeboy” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” and a sweet transition usage of Portishead into M.O.P.’s “Ante Up”. “Jump on Stage” might be the most fascinating song on the CD, with T’ Pau, Big Boi, Skee-Lo, Radiohead and Lady Gaga (Gaga gets mashed up with Beastie Boys’ Hey Ladies). “This Is the Remix” hits on one of the best songs from the ‘90s, “Possum Kingdom” by the Toadies along INXS and Fabolous, “Get It Get It” is enormous with Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” and Depeche Mode, “On and On” luxuriates in Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love, and Down for the Count revivifies Madness’ “Our House,” and “20th Century Boy” by T Rex by combining with MSTRKFT’s Bounce.

Those are some of my favorites on All Day – along with “Triple Double,” which magically features Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli” and “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones. Each song creates its own note, and I enjoy that. Get it here.
review by Dagmar