For most of us, getting older means slowing down a bit; becoming more reflective, stopping to smell the proverbial roses. With 2010’s All Day, it seems that even consummate party-starter Greg “Girl Talk” Gilles is not immune. But don’t fear; his most recent offering continues in the modus operandi of sampling, mixing, mashing, and smashing songs from across genres and decades into a neck-snapping dance mix, and it’s just as fun and rewarding as his previous releases.But for those really listening, All Day offers a departure of sorts from Night Ripper and Feed the Animals, his previous releases. The composition of those two essentially follow the same furious blueprint, whereas All Day allows the musical ideas a bit more time to breathe and evolve. Take the album opener of Ludacris’ “Move Bitch” over top of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” which lasts at least twice as long as the previous album openers. But duration is not the only difference this go round.
Gilles has given this album a bit more personality, adding both humor and melancholy. I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum, but the humor really shines in probably my favorite segment of the album when Beyoncé delivers her hit “Single Ladies” overtop of M.O.P.’s “Ante Up.” So you’ve got a song about getting jewelry along with a song about robbing people of their jewelry. Then, to take things up a notch on the ridic-o-meter, things morph into M.O.P. spitting the “Ante Up” lyrics over-top of Miley Cyrus’ “Party In the U.S.A.,” a song as innocuous and bubble gum as M.O.P. is threatening and violent. But really, the cherry on top comes during the transition, with Beyoncé imploring you to “put your hands up,” right before M.O.P. tells you to hand over your shit.
It’s not all giggles though, as probably the most somber moment on any Girl Talk album comes when Old Dirty Bastard raps “Got Your Money” over Radiohead’s “Creep.” Hearing the tragically self-destructive O.D.B. over such a downer of a song definitely strikes a chord. Finally, GT proves that there are really no sacred cows for him, a fact made extremely clear with the album closer, but that is one of many surprises I’ll leave intact for you to find.