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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Groenland Records
  • ASIN: B000F9RLXA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is some seriously innovative, creative stuff. Drawing on a wealth of beats, vocals, melodies and often blink-and-you-miss-it hooks from music stretching back over the last two decades and featuring sometimes dozens of elements per single track, this is a predominantly hip-hop based album of monumentally explorative music.

It's immediately obvious that many months of work has gone into this, and the reviewer who described it as something akin to a radio 'sting' couldn't be more wrong. If you know your music, you'll be pausing it every few seconds to remember where you heard 'that bit', but don't worry yourself because track listings are available online if you search for them.

This sets the benchmark for recontextualisation and bottom line just messing around with different genres and elements of music in a way that makes you wonder why they didn't make it that way to begin with because it sounds so good.
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OK, first off, ignore the other dude's review. If you have an unslakeable desire for clever recontextualisation, look elsewhere. This album is a banger from start to finish, not something you listen to with a glass of cotes du rhone. It's an unbeatable party mix c/o non-DJ Gregg Gillis, over a hundred killer samples sewn together in under an hour, the perfect mix for todays ADD afflicted youth. Mashups aren't usually a lasting source of enjoyment, but Night Ripper has a rythmn and flow that makes it really feel like a proper album despite the frankenstein reality of its creation. It won't last forever, but you'll be able to wear out a copy before mashups aren't cool anymore.
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Entertaining and catchy but comes across as a a bit of a novelty act. Listen to it once, giggle, and put it away again.
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There is some very clever cutting and pasting on this album; it sounds like one of those xfm 'stings' where they take a few seconds of each of the popular songs of the moment and beat-match them into a little collage. However, 30 seconds of this is fine, but over the course of a whole album it wears pretty thin, and seems mainly to have been done for the novelty value... I didn't pick up on any clever recontextualisation going on, unlike the mighty 2 many DJs mix.

From time to time, it does build up a bit of funky steam, but for the most part it just made me want to listen to something else less annoying. It takes more than studio chops to satisfy me, matey!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbe2f54) out of 5 stars Sounds of the Last 3 Decades 10 Aug. 2006
By gordo_aka_thegrunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love those late night infomercials for CD packages from Time-Life, you know like "sounds of the seventies" or "AM Gold." I love those infomercials because I don't have to sit through the entire song, I just hear the best parts and it gives me a memory from my childhood. This CD takes that idea a bit further. Not only do I get snippets of songs from the 70s, but there are songs included that were popular last month. All of it is swirled together and it don't stop. I've been facinated with "mash-ups" for quite a while, but this fills all of my want to hear any others. The pace of this disc keeps my attention the whole time. I have been listening to it so much I am a little afraid I'm going to memorize it and it will become predictable. There are some highlights: Notorious B.I.G. mixed with "Tiny Dancer," and my favorite, 2 LIVE Crew "We want some P****" playing over Pavement and Paul McCartney "Silly Love Songs." I love hearing Neutral Milk Hotel counting off at some point. I love hearing Ciara mixed in. M.I.A. sounds great in there at some point too. I don't know who does the song "Kryptonite," but on here it's great. I really hope to hear more from GIRL TALK and I hope it doesn't get popular enough to get pulled, maybe I shouldn't even be writing a review. Maybe I should give it a crappy review, but it rocks!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbe2fa8) out of 5 stars Hooked on Everything 4 Aug. 2006
By D. S. Libman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Keep this album at arm's length as long as possible and see how long before you're in its embrace. Owes as much to the "Hooked on Classics" genre of the 70s as it does contemporary mix n' mashes. The tracks manage to convey two ideas at once, and just as often, two truths about the same idea, as when the a 1970's chorus of "I love youuuu..." is matched with the 90's hip hop chant, "we want some pu**y..." Any song is as good as the next but why not try Bounce That which seems to hit a special kind of transendence toward the middle. Not suitable for children.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x905489cc) out of 5 stars The best record of the year 6 Aug. 2006
By Douglas Luman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The title may seem a hasty assignment, but I have proclaimed (at last count) five different records that were supposed to be the best of the year. However, just when I think that the industry cannot surprise me beyond belief, artists keep doing it.
Most people will give this record a listen and associate the word "mash-up" with it. However apt the term may be, the production and the execution defies this definition and steps back as athird party and redefines all previous notions of the synonyms of and even the word itself.
Pitchfork Media claimed that, no matter how ambitious, no one can name all of the samples used on the record. This, with the word "mash-up" on the brain, may sound somewhat impossible. But, when Girl Talk uses anywhere between 20 and 40 samples on any one given track, the record becomes a finely arranged symphony of pop music and pop-culture. In essence, the disc makes me think of a research paper. The writer, Girl Talk, researched his beats, vocals, and instrumental lines beyond the call of duty. This record is a manifesto.
Just as a final note, Girl Talk does not just separate songs and their vocal lines, but shows his genius by splitting songs up and alternating pieces of songs in and out of the song, one minute mixing the vocals over a random mash of beats and instrumentals, and then alternates to the previous lyric set's instrumental track with a completely different sample on top of it.

To associate this artist: DJ Shadow and pop-culture meets the Invisible Skratch Picklz.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbe624c) out of 5 stars Fun fun fun 5 Oct. 2008
By Ishmael - Published on Amazon.com
I discovered Girl Talk after stumbled across his remix of a Bonde Du Role song. There's 250 samples from 167 artists on the album. This is what happens when an engineering student discovers drugs. Play this album in your car and watch your friends ask, "hey, what is that?" Play it in a club and get everyone dancing. Sense of humor mandatory. Gregg Gillis is the mash up shiz.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x902b1b94) out of 5 stars A non-stop party 10 May 2011
By awm9b - Published on Amazon.com
Night Ripper is the third album released by Girl Talk, the stage name of American musician Gregg Gillis. He is best known for his use of mashups and digital sampling in making his music. Mashups are songs or compositions made by combining two or more pre-recorded songs. Digital sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as part of a different song. The growth of sampling music originated with hip-hop music. Sampling is usually done with a computer program, but can also be done by using tape loops or with vinyl records on a phonograph. Both methods of creating new songs from existing music have become very popular, especially with the added ease of modern technology.

The album was created as one long piece of music that was later split into individual songs for the album. This has created an album that flows fairly smoothly throughout the entirety of the album, resulting in one of the best albums of the decade in my opinion. This album is the reason I fell in love with Girl Talk. It is the reason I fell in love with the genre. Gillis' use of music that spans genres and decades results in an album that is easily accessible to multiple generations and a non-stop dance party for anyone listening. From the very first note to the last, Night Ripper is an enjoyable ride through music that is mainstream mashed together with obscure music that some will find enjoyable to be able to identify. Part of the fun is actually trying to identify the samples used on the album, which often can be difficult, since Gillis used over 150 samples on the 45-minute album, and does very little repeating on the album.

High points for the album, for me, are Once Again and Minute by Minute. Once Again has attitude and a presence that I did not even realize was possible with sample music. Every time the song comes on, I cannot help but dance and have a good time, regardless of my mood when it comes on. Minute by Minute's entrancement is unexplainable to me, but I can still remember the first time I heard the song and discovered just how talented Gillis is. Despite these two songs being my favorite two songs on the album, this is not to say that I do not find the rest of the tracks almost as enjoyable. Each and every one of these songs have an identity on their own that shows just how capable Gillis is at taking music from other artists and making it his own. For those looking to delve into the genre of sample music and mashups, Night Ripper is highly recommended as great proof of what these genres are capable of. Just be warned that the album may leave listeners unimpressed by other DJs' attempts at the genre. Gillis has a quality that I have yet to find an equal for, but as long as he keeps turning out hits, I am okay with that.
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