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Girl Talk Unleashes Pay What You Want Album "Feed the Animals"

June 19, 2008 10:40 AM ET

Mash-up guru Girl Talk's new album Feed the Animals is now up for download on the Illegal Art Website. Like Radiohead's In Rainbows, Feed the Animals will be available for whatever sum listeners deem worthy, even if they want to pay nothing. Girl Talk does have some incentives if you do choose to pay, however: $5 gets you FLAC files and a seamless mix of the album, while $10 gets you that and a physical copy of Feed when they become available. If you choose to download the album, you're met with a series of options of why you opted not to pay, making you confront your own guilt. The album itself seems more focused and less jittery than Girl Talk's previous album Night Ripper. Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, Avril Lavigne, Rod Stewart, Blackstreet, Procol Harum, Ace of Base, Kanye West, the Band and that song from Dawson's Creek all get dropped in, and that's just the first three tracks.

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The Commodores | 1984

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