Girl Talk | Broken Ankles EP (s/r)

cd John-MellencampIn short bursts, you might go between hearing pieces and bits of Jimmy Eat World, Ray Charles, and the Ying Yang Twins.

 

 

This isn’t the Girl Talk of past releases. Greg Gillis abandoned his usual sound that earned him acclaim and number 24 on Rolling Stone’s best albums list of 2008. Well, that isn’t entirely true. It’s still features samples, but Gillis, along with fellow Pennsylvanian artist Freeway, put together the Broken Ankles EP as a duo featuring Freeway as the voice of the album.

Continuing from past releases is a seamless set of songs that fly past you in what seems like no time at all. “Tolerated” opens things up (and also features a kickass video), with Freeway and Waka Flocka featuring on the track about being “fed up” with everything from “haters” to “flip-flops.” Yes, it’s a bit senseless, but it certainly takes fun seriously.

Gillis is notoriously obsessed with ’90s music but doesn’t shy away from featuring anything that catches his ear. In short bursts, you might go between hearing pieces and bits of Jimmy Eat World, Ray Charles, and the Ying Yang Twins. Again, this isn’t an album that focuses on the samples as much as Freeway and contributors like Jadakiss and Young Chris.

Some songs aim for the more usual hip-hop lyrics instead of the fun of “Tolerated,” and this is where the album goes wrong. Girl Talk has always been about the party, not the shooting that occurs at the party. The backing music maintains this, but lyrically, it’s hard to top the classic stream that Feed the Animals, All Day, and Night Ripper feature.

Is it fair to even compare his previous albums to this collaboration EP? It probably isn’t, but when you get used to something from an artist, it is rather difficult not to. When it comes to a party for all types of music listeners, it still doesn’t get better than Girl Talk, and whether or not this project was a one-off or a look in to the future, only time will tell. C | Bruce Matlock

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