track-by-track album review: people are feeling hungry
hi, sky here with an absolutely incredible mashup album which i've decided to listen to several times and think about things i like about each track. you can listen to the album & download it (for free!) right here: https://allisonfleischer.bandcamp.com/album/people-are-feeling-hungry
on the bandcamp page, each track has its own commentary from all 3 artists, which is also probably worth reading if you're into the music
allison fleischer – kid blue
the spoken word sample that this starts off with is so great, taking a review of another record and framing it as being about your own music is such a power move. the goofy goober rock sample is really well-placed imo, and technologic feels thematically appropriate too. between those three, this should be the anthem of mashups; failing that, it's a pretty great way to kick off a mashup album
mothbeanie – paralyzed
probably the weakest song on the album imo, so i'm a little bummed it got put as the 2nd track. old to the new and bon, bon fit pretty well together tho, so there definitely is potential here
starspire – watch my back
a solid bop!! like for real, this is such a fun song, probably one of my favorites off the album. i don't even know what else to say about it, it's just Good Upbeat Music
mothbeanie – tower swift
i Love mashups that you can legitimately vibe to, and this track hits that so well. it has a pretty smooth, nostalgic feel to it for me.
starspire – keep your skates off my turf!
i don't know any of the samples in this one, so i'm not sure what to focus on when listening to it. it's pretty fun tho
allison fleischer – na
mostly layering “na na na” bits from various songs, but it Works
mothbeanie – cloud music
this song singlehandedly made me understand and appreciate love songs. when the nightcore sample hits is one of the most delightful things on this whole album
starspire – funk story
i have no clue what's happening here, but i like it. big chungus cave story. also this album samples two different pokémon raps and i respect that
allison fleischer – redesign your vyzee
this song makes me so fucking uncomfortable, i love it. all four samples fit together musically, but the way the lyrics bounce off each other is just Terrible (amazing)
starspire – super pizza
a pretty busy track that it manages not to be overwhelmingly in-your-face about it. i can jam to this
allison fleischer – treble
i love this for being both funny and legitimately just A Good Song. i like the sort of bookend effect it gets between the bass lessons and awolnation samples
mothbeanie – soap
a short but fun one
allison fleischer – junk king
i don't know why, but i like when mashups sample weirdly specific versions of songs—in this case, the “geddup offa that thing” sample is pulled from robots, the 3d animated movie
mothbeanie – drop it
probably my favorite track in terms of comedic value. i like spoken word samples that cut off into lyrical ones (the title track of this album also does this—“i'm very hungry, give me the ~video games~“) the bye bye bye and eye of the tiger insrumentals are extremely great, and the careful stacking in the lyrics of “drop it like it's hot”/“drop it like the nasdaq”/“i coulda dropped my croissant” getting completely wrecked by the alanis morissette sample at the end is just, inordinately funny to me
starspire – punk life
i can see starspire's own argument that this track is boring, but it's a nice subtle groove, closer to being a “traditional mashup” (where the instrumentals of one song are combined w the vocals of another) than the rest of the album
mothbeanie – n.y.b.p.
i was extremely not expecting to hear an obscure-ish song that i really like (new york cheesecake by protodome) sampled in a meme mashup. it gets kinda kludgy at times, but overall p nice
mothbeanie – people are feeling hungry
here we fuckin go, the title track and the beginning of the finale! an incredibly fun one. i like how allison described it tbh: “It feels (in a good way) like going outside and being blinded by the sun while a huge festival is going on”. it's loud and bright and cheerful. and it finished off with “it's your move” by diana ross a.k.a. the song That One Vaporwave Song is remixed from, seeing as the next track starts off with that same vaporwave song. idk i just really like the concept of transitioning from one song, to another that samples the first.
allison fleischer – for war, fun, and weed
starts off simple, putting the vocals to hotel california over lisa frank 420 (which works really well for a while, but starts falling apart a bit before the other samples get piled on). putting a calmer track between the previous and next ones was a good decision. and like the previous track, it ends by setting up the next one (sampling some video about jojo references, when the next track starts off with the diamond is unbreakable theme song)
starspire – with a side of unbreakable burnt models
this song is a fuckin JAM. the cha cha slide sample is a little wonky at times, but other than that it's an extremely solid track. the groove is in the heart sample is perfectly timed, and just fits a lot better than it does in some of the three artist's other mashups (it's a running joke among them, as is the homebrew rap you'll hear in the next track)
starspire – golden love password 3: luluco's last galaxy
i haven't thought about space patrol luluco in Forever holy shit. anyway, as i mentioned earlier i really really love mashups that you can legitimately vibe to, and this track comes SO close to being another. literally the only thing keeping it from being so is that the cotton eye joe sample makes me laugh when it starts up. even the homebrew rap feels like it's just there for comedy in other mashups, but it Actually Works Musically here.
allison fleischer – who knows what would've happened
thanks to this track i now randomly think “if the internet existed, i would've put them on bandcamp” at various points throughout my day. in all honesty tho, it's a nice pleasant way to wrap up the album.