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Unstoppable
Unstoppable
Studio album by Girl Talk
Released December 28, 2003
Genre Mashup, electronic, dance
Length 37:59
Label Illegal Art
Format CD, digital download
Producer Girl Talk
Girl Talk chronology
Secret Diary Unstoppable Stop Cleveland Hate
(2002) (2003) (2004)

Unstoppable is the second studio album by American mashup artist Girl Talk, released on December 28, 2003.[1] Heavily sample-based; however, it notably contains significantly less glitch music influences than its preceding album, Secret Diary (2002). It has been described as the link between the glitch music styles of Secret Diary and the more sequenced sampling of Night Ripper (2006) and subsequent releases.

BackgroundEdit

Girl Talk has stated of the album: "With Unstoppable, the idea was to make more original sounding hip hop type music and pop music out of samples and having some blatant samples. It was obviously more party oriented, something you could jam out to. By the time that was released, I was already doing live shows and Night Ripper was a product of my live set. There was a clear development as the demand rose for party music."[2]

ReleaseEdit

Unstoppable was released in CD format on December 28, 2003 by Illegal Art in the United States, and by plunderphonics-specializing record label Spasticated Records in Australia.[1] The CD issue contains an enhanced music video for the track "Touch 2 Feel".[1][3] In late 2009, Illegal Art made the album available for purchase on their website using a "pay what you want" pricing system.[4] Notably, it is also Girl Talk's only remaining album available for purchase on the iTunes Store, with Secret Diary and Night Ripper having been removed due to copyright concerns.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Critical reaction to Unstoppable was positive, an improvement over the mixed reviews received by Secret Diary. Stewart Mason of AllMusic graded Unstoppable with 3.5 stars out of 5, describing the album as "an album-length mash-up as created by a well-stocked DJ with both ADHD and a wicked sense of humor".[6] He added: "The samples on Unstoppable are nose-thumbingly blatant in the manner of the classic early KLF singles, but they're far more expertly mixed... But what's most remarkable about Unstoppable is how the samples are never the whole point of the album... Great fun for trainspotters, sure, but the true delight of songs like 'Cleveland, Shake' and 'Touch 2 Feel' is that they're exhilarating dance music.[6] Adam Strohm of Dusted was also positive, writing that Girl Talk's "manic experiments bring life to inanimate rhythms, and swap the personalities of unwitting samples in harebrained schemes to make bottoms shake and fists pump."[7]

Rating Unstoppable 4.5 out of 5, reviewer Tamec of Tiny Mix Tapes wrote: "[Girl Talk] strikes right at the heart of the party, combining 'Cry Me a River,' 'Pull Over (That Ass Is Too Fat),' Khia's 'My Neck, My Back,' and Bone Thug's 'Shake That Ass' [sic]... If this sounds like a tough task, you'll be surprised at how well it works."[8] A Sputnikmusic staff review by Daveyboy was negative; he graded the album 2.0/5 and wrote: "Despite hints of talent and less glitch than his debut, Unstoppable contains too much filler and includes many ineffective tracks that are low on replay value."[9] In an interview with Girl Talk, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media retrospectively described Secret Diary and Unstoppable as "far noisier and much more abstract" than his later releases.[10]

Track listingEdit

  1. "All Eyes on Me" – 5:08
  2. "Non-Stop Party Now" – 4:03
  3. "Touch 2 Feel" – 3:38
  4. "Pump It Up" – 0:47
  5. "Bang This in the Club" – 3:06
  6. "Bodies Hit the Floor" – 3:27
  7. "The Feeling" – 0:48
  8. "Happen" (featuring Chris Glover) – 2:58
  9. "Cleveland, Shake" – 4:21
  10. "Keeping the Beat" – 1:58
  11. "Step to It" – 1:04
  12. "Can't Stop" – 4:12

SamplesEdit

"All Eyes on Me"Edit

"Non-Stop Party Now"Edit

"Touch 2 Feel"Edit

"Pump It Up"Edit

"Bang This in the Club"Edit

"Bodies Hit the Floor"Edit

"The Feeling"Edit

"Happen"Edit

"Cleveland, Shake"Edit

"Keeping the Beat"Edit

"Step to It"Edit

"Can't Stop"Edit

Release historyEdit

Images Release date Format Label Catalog no. Ref.(s)
December 28, 2003 Compact disc Illegal Art ILL109CD [1][11]
Spasticated Records Australia SPAS005
Unstoppable January 1, 2004 Digital download Illegal Art N/A [5]
Unstoppable December 2009 Digital download (reissue) Illegal Art N/A [4]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Unstoppable back cover.

Chart performanceEdit

Unstoppable was Girl Talk's first album to place on a record chart, peaking at number 179 for the week ending May 17, 2004 and at number 18 for the week ending April 20, 2004 on the CMJ Top 200 and RPM Albums charts respectively.[12][13]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US CMJ Top 200[12] 179
US CMJ RPM Albums[13] 18

TriviaEdit

  • The album's ninth track, "Cleveland, Shake", opens with a phone conversation between Girl Talk and an unnamed caller informing him that both he and American electronic musician Kid606 have sampled "Shake That Ass Bitch" by Splack Pack.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Girl Talk ‎– Unstoppable (CD, Album). Discogs. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  2. Girl Talk Interview. MTV. Viacom Media Networks (2006-06). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  3. Girl Talk 'Touch 2 Feel'. YouTube (2006-06-07). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Breihan, Tom (2009-12-07). Girl Talk Reissues: Benefit and Pay-What-You-Want. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Unstoppable by Girl Talk. iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mason, Stewart. Unstoppable – Girl Talk. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  7. Strohm, Adam (2004-04-06). Dusted Reviews: Girl Talk – Unstoppable. Dusted. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  8. Tamec. Girl Talk – Unstoppable. Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  9. DaveyBoy (2009-07-12). Review: Girl Talk – Unstoppable. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  10. Richardson, Mark (2008-10-06). Interviews: Girl Talk. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  11. Girl Talk: Unstoppable (CD). Ughh. Retrieved on 2014-01-25.
  12. 12.0 12.1 CMJ Top 200 (p. 12). CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Holdings, Corporation (2004-05-17). Retrieved on 2013-10-31.
  13. 13.0 13.1 RPM – Period Ending 4/20/2004 (p. 62). CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Holdings, Corporation (2004-04-20). Retrieved on 2013-10-31.

External linksEdit


Girl Talk albums and singles
Discography
Studio albums
Secret Diary Unstoppable Night Ripper Feed the Animals All Day
Secret Diary
(2002)
Unstoppable
(2003)
Night Ripper
(2006)
Feed the Animals
(2008)
All Day
(2010)
Extended plays
Stop Cleveland Hate Bone Hard Zaggin Broken Ankles
Stop Cleveland Hate
(2004)
Bone Hard Zaggin'
(2006)
Broken Ankles
(2014)
Singles
Placeholder other Believe in Magic
"U Are"
(1999)
"Believe in Magic"
(2011)
Girl Talk songs
Discography
Secret Diary "Let's Start This Party Right" • "I Want You Back" • "Ffun Haave To" • "What If..." • "Time to Get Glamorous" • "Unicorn vs. Gravity" • "The Right Stuff" • "Fun in the Sun" • "Jumpin(g)" • "Friends 4-Ever"
Unstoppable "All Eyes on Me" • "Non-Stop Party Now" • "Touch 2 Feel" • "Pump It Up" • "Bang This in the Club" • "Bodies Hit the Floor" • "The Feeling" • "Happen" • "Cleveland, Shake" • "Keeping the Beat" • "Step to It" • "Can't Stop"
Night Ripper "Once Again" • "That's My DJ" • "Hold Up" • "Too Deep" • "Smash Your Head" • "Minute by Minute" • "Ask About Me" • "Summer Smoke" • "Friday Night" • "Hand Clap" • "Give and Go" • "Bounce That" • "Warm It Up" • "Double Pump" • "Overtime" • "Peak Out"
Bone Hard Zaggin' "Pure Magic" • "LC and Lo"
Feed the Animals "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)" • "Shut the Club Down" • "Still Here" • "What It's All About" • "Set It Off" • "No Pause" • "Like This" • "Give Me a Beat" • "Hands in the Air" • "In Step" • "Let Me See You" • "Here's the Thing" • "Don't Stop" • "Play Your Part (Pt. 2)"
All Day "Oh No" • "Let It Out" • "That's Right" • "Jump on Stage" • "This Is the Remix" • "On and On" • "Get It Get It" • "Down for the Count" • "Make Me Wanna" • "Steady Shock" • "Triple Double" • "Every Day"
Broken Ankles "Broken Ankles Intro" • "Tolerated" • "Tell Me Yeah" • "I Can Hear Sweat" • "Suicide" • "Lived It"
Other songs "U Are" • "Killing a Material Girl" • "Blue and Green and Brown Ousado" • "On Nesbit" • "Let's Run This" • "Cool as Hell" • "Andy van Slyke Marijuana Sensitivity" • "Believe in Magic"
Remixes "Cellphone's Dead" • "Let's Call It Off" • "Knife" • "Gasolina" • "Non-Tradition Ball Head"

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