Sound — 9
Feed The Animals by Greg Gillis, A.K.A: Girl Talk is an album composed entirely of samples ranging from Yo La Tengo to Jay-Z. None of these samples are continued for an entire song with some even appearing for only a couple of seconds or being transformed into indistinguishable sounds. The multitude of samples leads to a complex ever changing sound with hardcore rap transitioning into Dexy's Midnight Runners and then a few second later transforming itself completely all over again. The album is separated into 14 songs but for the most part it really works as one continuous DJ set. It comes across a lot like "Paul's Boutique" by the Beastie Boys except with the added dimension of Vocal samples.
Lyrics — 8
Obviously due to the nature of the album the lyrics are hard to rate but It is how Gillis uses and positions them that makes this album. There is an obvious joy to the juxtaposition of the combined samples at points; everyone I have played this album to has burst out laughing at the point where Lil' Mama's "Lip Gloss" plays over the riff heavy section from Metallica's "One". The vocal samples rely mostly on hip-hop and pop music but even if neither genre interests you I still recommend you give this album a chance.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is a must listen for any music nerd. If you can recognise every sample you need to start getting out more but listening to it and trying to piece it together is a fun sort of game (spoiler alert: the wiki page for this album has a breakdown of each song's components. Some may question the artistic value of sampling and adding nothing yourself but when the results are this good, and also available for free on the Illegal art website, it's hard to complain.