Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Girl Talk - Night Ripper (2006)
I normally don't get into dance/techno music, but this album has that je n'sais quoi. Greg Gillis is the brains behind Girl Talk. He has a savvy ear for mixing the unthinkable together. This album is in constant contradiction. He mixes Journey with Three Six Mafia, or Phil Collins with Master P- I don't know. You get the picture. Night Ripper is one of the most entertaining records I have ever listened to. Gillis, as far as I know, doesn't actually write any "new" music on this album. It is a smorgasbord of modern pop, dirty south gangsta rap, classic rock and 80's pop/new wave. He borrows melodies from Nirvana, the Pixies, the Breeders, the Beatles and on and on and on- crams them together with exceptional dexterity and forms a cohesive groove. The result is a listening experience that will have your attention span for the entire record- just waiting to hear where he will take each track next. This is a personal favorite for city walking and aimless wanderings. You will not be disappointed, regardless of any aversions to dance or electronica. This is a creative stew of pop chart favorites and underground classics. It's an album that listeners of all genres can appreciate, well, minus the Pete Seeger fans.