Review : Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
SputnikmusicThe cover art for Gregg Gillis' most recent creation, Feed the Animals, is a nice avatar for Gillis, considering his Girl Talk oeuvre. The image of a typical, suburban house, with ample lawn space and a two-car garage invokes all of the banal trappings of the pop music that is likely listened to by the residents of that house. However, when we see that suburban scene through the lens of Girl Talk, those platitudes are transformed into an ostentatious and flaming night scene. The corresponding pop music also morphs into something edgy, intriguing, and wonderful. Gillis has effectively given an otherwise innocuous image his own brand - literally. Technically, this musical morphing means sampling a wide range of music spanning genres and decades to create entirely new compositions that both embrace and defy pop music....full text
AvclubGregg Gillis spent Night Ripper, his 2006 album recorded as Girl Talk, scrambling dozens of recent pop and hip-hop hits (along with innumerable older songs) into a stew that shifts without warning from one ridiculous combo to another. This fascinated people, for good reason: Gillis has a real gift for juxtaposition, and his constructs moved even as they shifted from rhythm to rhythm. That's still the case on Feed The Animals, the fourth overall Girl Talk album and the second to garner a large audience. It's more of the same, all right: old plus new, rock/pop plus hip-hop, expected plus unexpected. Gillis' technique is even more technically impressive than before: Animals shows even fewer seams than Night Ripper did, with Gillis road-testing many of his joins at shows before tightening the screws for the final result. (Animals was made available recently as a pay-what-you-like download from IllegalArt.net.)...full text
PitchforkmediaAs I was finishing an interview with Gregg Gillis in July 2006, he casually mentioned his desire to see M. Night Shyamalan's just-released fantasy movie Lady in the Water. Given the film's wretched reviews-- a pitiful 24% on Rotten Tomatoes-- and the train-wreck hype surrounding it, I thought he was kidding. He wasn't; Gillis liked some of Shyamalan's other flicks, so he wanted to check this one out. Simple. And it's this omnivorous, pleasure-seeking attitude toward pop culture that defines his work as Girl Talk. (Luckily, his taste in music is superior to his taste in film.)...full text
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