The first album by Girl Talk , aka DJ Gregg Gillis , was like a club-oriented version of John Oswald 's Plunderphonics , filled with bits of familiar pop songs that were mostly teasingly too short and too sonically manipulated to fully grasp. Unstoppable , on the other hand, is more like an album-length mash-up as created by a well-stocked DJ with both ADHD and a wicked sense of humor. The samples on Unstoppable are nose-thumbingly blatant in the manner of the classic early KLF singles, but they're far more expertly mixed, and they come from a wider frame of reference that includes Lisa Loeb 's "Stay" next to crunchy Bon Jovi power chords. But what's most remarkable about Unstoppable is how the samples are never the whole point of the album: Gillis folds, spindles, and mutilates these bits and pieces of musical memory into entirely new songs with hooks, lyrics, and grooves of their own; before "Pump It Up," who knew that the piano riff from Coldplay 's "Clocks" could rock so hard?
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Girl Talk was recorded live to two-track using a single microphone. The liner notes state that Holly Cole 's intention in doing so was to preserve the "quintessence of her live performances," and the result is dazzlingly successful. The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being present in the moment is greater here than on the live album It Happened One Night. On an album recorded "live in concert," the ambient noises that occur when a large number of people are gathered in one place can seem discordant or inappropriate when you're listening to the CD in your car or your living room; the atmosphere can exclude rather than include you. Put on this disc, however, and you can imagine that Holly Cole is singing for you alone.