The Deal: Gregg Gillis returns with his latest effort full of mashed-up madness.
The Good: Part of the fun of listening to a Girl Talk album is wondering what samples he's going to combine next. Just like his previous effort, Feed the Animals, All Day maintains a fine line when it joins rap with pop and alt-rock. The album kicks off with a combination of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Ludacris' "Move Bitch." Later on, you can hear the rhythm of Fugazi's "Waiting Room" which made me do an audio double-take. He also combined The Doors' "Waiting for the Sun" and The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." While he usually sticks with mainstream songs, it's nice to hear his catalog expanding more. Other samples included Jane's Addiction, M.I.A., Bananarama, Jay-Z, Peter Gabriel, The Clash ... and that's just the first 15 minutes.
The Bad: It's obvious that Gillis has a great ear for music, so I'd be interested in hearing what he would create on his own instead of sampling what everyone else has written. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole, but it's tough to find a solid hour to sit down with it.
The Verdict: If a DJ put this on in the club, the whole place would go nuts, even if they didn't know it was Girl Talk. He makes energetic, fun albums that make for entertaining episodes of "Name that Sample" while you listen. Catch his live show at The Fillmore in January.