With the release of All Day, it appears that the transformation of the man once known as Gregg Michael Gillis into the entity known as Girl Talk is fully complete. When Feed the Animals hit the scene in 2008, there was a sense that the ex bio-engineer might be onto something with his near omnipotent control of all things mashup. Despite the honorably thin stretching of fair use copyright laws, (Vanilla Ice has to be slapping himself silly) Girl Talk's basic restructuring of popular music hits a chord that resonates both with the human desire for something familiar, and with the modern youth's epidemic of short attention spans.
By not digging deep, but rather by picking through the hits of rock and pop favorites, Gillis brings all listeners down to an equal listening field and it's this accessibility of the casual music fan that he thrives off of. Sure, he may not be the most talented musical act, or DJ, or whatever moniker you choose, but that is far beside the point. The intent of this music (simply filed under the genre of 'Girl Talk' in iTunes) is to have fun. If you take it too seriously and can't get past the massive sampling, then you don't need to come to the party.
There's no need to dig into the details of the album -- half the fun is waiting to hear what comes next. Separated into 12 tracks but running as one continuous piece, you're bound to find your own favorite moments. How about Rihanna's "Rude Boy" over Fugazi's "Waiting Room" finding its way into Foxy Brown rapping on Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes?" At his best moments, his collaborations seem to transcend the collective sum of their parents, and he triggers a neuron fusion in your brain that makes you think that cuts like these are what living in 2010 is all about. Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" over Radiohead's "Creep" is epic. Twista rapping on the groove of U2's "With or Without You" is magic. Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" over Modern English's "Melt With You" is mashup perfection and the reason you feel good rooting for the kid.