Girl Talk
Night Ripper


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zachary Powell USER (64 Reviews)
January 4th, 2007 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Paul's Boutique did a lot for hip hop when the Beastie Boys released it in the late 80's. Outside of the direct collaborations of rock and rap it really showed that music has taken on many different styles and tempos, but its still made on the same creative (for the most part at least) plane and can be blended together to make something that can be listened to and is enjoyable. Flash forward to 2006, all of the samples from the breakthrough Beastie LP are all listed on this new site called Wikipedia, but don't stop there. Just look a little further, maybe searching under the name "Girl Talk" or "Night Ripper". Whats waiting for you?

The same idea minus the rapping and the lyrics with the perspective of the DJ.

In this new age of two songs being combined to make a simple yet interesting "mash up" (thanks a lot Party Ben!) anyone can be a DJ I guess. All it takes are a few computer programs, an idea, and bam! instant artist. I suppose if that's an accurate description of the Mash Up kingdom and if "Boulevard of Broken Songs" (Green Day/Oasis mix from a few years back) is considered a nice looking oil canvas painting, that about makes Night Ripper the Mona Lisa in comparison. Greg Gillis takes his role as Michelangelo quite well, being a child gathering influences from both the rap and rock sides of the pop music division. That lifelong experience and oodles of previously heard albums become the paint, with which he turns into his own music, his own piece.[

We've had the numbers run by us every time we begin to really listen to and analyze Night Ripper. 42 minutes spread over 16 tracks; each track is comprised entirely of samples from just about anyone who has received airplay in the last 30 years. Not saying this got everyone and everything from the recording industry ever and pressed them all together, but where else will you hear Neutral Milk Hotel lead into Jefferson Airplane with Missy Elliott laying down the beat(Minute by Minute) ? Yeah. Nowhere. Though being just one element of the whole musical puzzle that is Night Ripper, having such a big cast to choose from and finding the right spot for the clips to sound sewn together, but making it melodic as it is shows Gillis' talent as a DJ. Of course it doesn't hurt when tunes of similar tempos are picked apart and spliced to make something good for dancing or doing whatever to.

An additional highlight of this piece is how well held together it is. For something requiring so many pieces of musical meat to assemble, it doesn't seem like much of a hassle with how every moment is involving. The different tunes play off of each effortlessly to make something that becomes it own song, though you may not notice it as the whole album flows through, not leaving much space for interludes or time between tracks.

Its difficult to pick a favorite song or moment when so much of the ability to enjoy this comes from what the listener has heard and what said listener enjoys being put together. You can hate every artist on here (not likely) and probably still find some combination that clicks for you. Some dismiss this due to the fact that not a second is original music, but not anyone can make a 42 minute medley with so many songs. If you're into music that derives its creativity purely on how is is put together, and if you think the 5 minute mash-ups you occasionally hear on the radio are ambitious projects, this is for you.



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Kyle
January 4th 2007


667 Comments


Fantastic review Zmev, really captured what the album is about. This is a great cd that really showed me something about sampling as an art form.

The Jungler
January 4th 2007


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review man. I've heard some Girl Talk before when someone made a forum thread about him, its really fun to listen in for random parts of you favorite song to pop up. I have some CD money, so who knows, maybe I'll pick this up.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 4th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ZMev weren't you like, making fun of this with me in the MX soulseek room?

Anyways, it's a decent album I guess.

Zmev
January 4th 2007


983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. Then I saw this has Sonic Youth in it.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 4th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hah. It's good but it has some awkward mixes going on.

Eliminator
January 4th 2007


2067 Comments


This album is so fun.

And the Ciara/Sonic Youth mix in "Give and Go" is the best.

Zebra
Moderator
January 4th 2007


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a good album but after you hear it a certain amount of times it quickly loses its spark.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 5th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My favourite was hearing B.I.G rhyme atop Elton John's Tiny Dancer.

And yeah, it looses it's appeal pretty fast.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 9th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loving this album. "Hold Up" is probably my favorite colaboration.

Apocalyptic Raids
July 10th 2007


810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fun stuff

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 12th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This song is really just that good.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 12th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Biggie + Elton John ftw.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
November 13th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's the only way. My favorite is Smashing Pumpkins' "Today" with got them colors.

Ooohh and the Weezer solo all chopped up.This Message Edited On 11.12.07

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 14th 2008


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Got this after reading this and my best mate whoring the record out for like a week, and its awesome.

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

JordanS
January 14th 2008


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think the pinnacle of the CD is when "California" comes in at the end of "Too Deep"...that and how the Weezer solo part leads right in to Dem Franchiz Boyz. I love that.


Does anyone else get the sense that the first half of this is much stronger than the second?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
February 17th 2008


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So Girl Talk is officially playing at my school this Spring. I'm so amped.

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009


5209 Comments


i still think it's incredible how he arranges his music

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GO DJ, THAT'S MAH DJ

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2010


1634 Comments


Whenever i'm in the car with my friends and I dont know what to put on, this is what I play.



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