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I like such a wide variety of different types of music, from trance, to cheesy pop to R n B. My all time favourite R n B / Hip Hop artist is Eminem. About Eminem Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers and before he made his face famous all over the world as the biggest selling white rapper, he used to be in a band called D12. It was while he was in this band, that he, along with the other band members created alter ego's for themselves. This is how Eminem was born, it actually comes from the fact that initials are MM. He also sometimes refers to himself as Slim Shady. Eminem is now the classed as one of the highest selling rap artists of all time, having sold 70 million albums worldwide. He has also won Academy Awards as well as Grammy Awards. The Eminem Show The Eminem Show is Eminem's third album and it was released in the summer of 2002 and sold over a million copies in within the first week or it going on sale. This album tells the story of Eminem's rise to fame, how he fits into the rap community and he also raps about his relationship with his wife Kym and his daughter Hailie. He also raps about various other events in his life which have been well publicised such as the time he was accused of pistol-whipping a man that his wife allegedly had an affair with. I have to say that this is probably my favourite album out of all the one's Eminem has released and I think every single song on this album would be a hit in the charts if they were all released individually, and the songs that were released as single's, topped the charts! In my review, I will give you a brief outline of each song. Track List 1. Curtains Up (skit) This is the normal sort of opening scene for Eminem's albums, with his alter ego Ken Kaniff opening the Eminem Show. You can hear him walking across the stage, getting the audiences attention and opening the 'Eminem Show'. This track is very shot and probably only lasts around 15-20 seconds before the opening notes of the next track come booming out. 2. White America This track was also produced by Eminem and the whole song is basically picking fault with America and the Americans. There are lots of heavy drums and guitar in this song giving it a very rocky and angry feel which is very well suited to the content of the song. In White America, Eminem takes the mickey out of how well he has done as a rap artist considering he is white. He also implies that people need to realise that just because he sings about certain things, it doesn't mean that he is going to go out into the world and do those things. Sadly, this song was never released as a single but he did perform it at the MTV Awards in 2002. 3. Business The track was produced by Dr Dre and a really rapid beat to it, certainly one that gets you bobbing you head. This track basically takes the mickey out of the music business and he gets the message across that although many people may dislike him and his music, he is still selling millions of records and the music business needs him. At the very beginning of the track, Eminem comes in and introduces everyone to the star of the show - Marshall and them literally falls into an extremely fast rap. There is a line in this song where he describes himself and Dr. Dre as "the most feared duet since me and Elton played career Russian Roulette" and this refers to when Eminem and Elton John performed his hit Stan at the 2001 Grammy Awards. This song was released as single is 2003. 4. Cleanin Out My Closet This track was also produced by Eminem and is quite a dark song with a rolling beat throughout the entire track, but the main sound you will hear is the piano. Cleaning Out My Closet speaks about Eminem's childhood. Eminem has a long running feud with his Mother and in this song he criticises her parenting skills and compares how he was bought up to how he is going to bring his own daughter Hailie up. He also speaks about all the people that doubt him in this song with the line "Have you ever be hated or discriminated against? I have, I've been protested and demonstrated against!" This is another classic Eminem song and is one of the angrier songs on this album. Cleaning Out My Closet was released as a single in 2002. 5. Square Dance This song has quite a bouncy and happy tune to it, although the words again are having a dig at President Bush. He makes reference to terrorists and how America reacts to terrorism. 6. The Kiss (skit) This again was produced by Eminem and isn't really a song a such, more like a recording of an event that made Eminem hit the headlines. His now ex wife Kim was accused of kissing another man who Eminem allegedly pistol-whipped when he found out. This track follows Eminem and what he does when he hears the news that his wife has been cheating. 7. Soldier This track was produced by Eminem and has a military feel to it with the main beat being marching feet. The message from Eminem in this song, is him basically saying that no matter how much people slate him, he will keep coming back for more because he believes in himself and what he is doing. This song also touches on his personal life as he raps about no matter what people say or do to him, he will keep coming back, like a soldier. Again, this song has an angry feel to it despite the chilled beat that the song has. 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood This track was produced by Eminem and in Say Goodbye Hollywood, Eminem talks about fame and the downside of it, how his life has been affected by it. Eminem slates his wife Kim in this song, and speaks about the pistol whipping incident again. He raps about how, after releasing this album, he would like to take time out of the limelight. 9. Drips feat. Obie Trice This was produced by Eminem and is the first track on the album to feature another artist, this time it being Obie Trice who is signed to Eminem's own record label. Obie Trice opens this track, rapping about a girl that gave him a STD. This song actually delivers quite a useful message about the dangers of having unprotected sex. This song is quite explicit and very funny. The lyrics are delivered quickly over the piano and violins playing in the background. 10. Without Me This track was produced by Eminem and was also the first track that he released from this album. The song definitely has a comedy theme to it, with a fantastic music video where he takes the mickey out of everyone and everything in pure Eminem style. In this song Eminem mocks many of his critics including N Sync and Moby in the famous line "You're too old, Let's Go, Nobody listens to Techno". This song is really a sequel to "The Real Slim Shady" and he touches on all the usual subjects - other pop artists, his Mum and his ex wife. One of the best songs on this album, fantastically written and performed. This song was released as a single and hit number 1 in more than 7 countries which gives you some sort of idea or the impact it had. 11. Paul Rosenberg (skit) Eminem's manager Paul Rosenburg appears on all of Eminem's albums and this one is no exception. This 30 second clip is not really a song a such, more a recording of a conversation between Eminem and Paul where Paul is not very happy with the music that Eminem is producing. This is basically Eminem taking the mickey out of all his critics. 12. Sing For The Moment This is one of my all time favourite Eminem song's. The tune for the chorus of the track is actually taken from the song Dream On by Aerosmith. For this track, Joe Perry from Aerosmith was invited to play the guitar. This song has quite an uplifting beat to it, with one strong message - that people should not take Eminem literally and just because he sings about certain things, it doesn't mean he is trying to encourage the rest of the world to do those things. This song was also released as a single. This is the first song in which Eminem actually seems to show his appreciation for how well liked he is with the lines "How we can come from practically nothing to being able to have any f*ckin' thing that we wanted." An absolutely fantastic song! 13. Superman feat. Dina Rae Superman was the fourth single to be released from this album and features US R n B singer Dina Rae. This song touches on rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls that Eminem has had in his life. It also talks about how he plans to deal with them. He gets the message across the he is happy to have a one night stand but can't deal with all the baggage that comes with having one. Eminem is rumored to have dated Mariah Carey and this song is said to have been written about her! Poor woman! The beat behind the song is quite fast with scratchy sounds in the background and Eminem delivers the lyrics quickly which completes to upbeat feel to this song. 14. Hailie's Song Upon first hearing this song, you could almost think that it wasn't Eminem as this has a totally different sound to it then any of his other songs. Hailie's Song is a beautiful tribute to Eminem's daughter Hailie. Eminem actually sings on this track as well as rapping and I really do think it's a beautiful song. The lyrics talk about the custody battle between Eminem and Kim (which Eminem eventually won) so this song is basically Eminem sticking his middle finger up to his ex. 15. Steve Berman (skit) This is another skit with again is quite humorous. This time, the skit features a PR from Aftermath Records called Steve Berman, hence the title for the track. On all the other Eminem albums, Steve Burman usually slags off Eminem's work but in this skit, he is going to praise Eminem's work but before he really gets that chance, Eminem shoots him. 16. When The Music Stops feat. D-12 This track features Eminem's band D12. This song touches on what life is like as a rapper and they rap about what happens when the music stops, and warn that becoming a rapper can also be dangerous. This track also features the message that people really need to realise the difference between music lyrics and reality. 17. Say What You Say feat. Dr. Dre Dr Dre produced this track and it has a very strong upbeat feel to it. This track is basically Eminem and Dr Dre putting the record straight on all the people that have dissed them in the past. This include the media, industry moguls we well as fellow rappers. 18. 'Till I Collapse feat. Nate Dogg This track was produced by Eminem and features Nate Dogg on the chorus. The main message for this song is the fact that the main problem in the music industry is that there is too much envy. This song is literally spat by Eminem and the chorus is delivered brilliantly by Nate Dogg. 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy feat. Hailie Jade This is the last actual song on the album and features Eminem's daughter Hailie on the chorus. This song basically has Eminem delivering all his normal disses to anyone that has upset him and he details what he would like to do to them, all the while his daughter is singing in the background that he thinks her Dad's gone crazy! I think this is a really great song and I love the fact that it features his little girl, although this was something he was criticised for. 20. Curtains Close (skit) This is very similar to Curtains Up except that this track closes the album. This skit features Ken Kaniff who walks out onto the stage and simply says "Without Me." Summary My own personal opinion is that this is one of the best albums Eminem has released, with only 2 tracks on the album that I don't absolutely adore. Every track offers something different, different beats, different subject matters but one thing always remains is every song - Eminem's talent. Some people may not agree with the way he delivers his music, in an angry and abusive manner, but if you look past the swear words, you will see a man that is extremely intelligent and a pure rap genius. I would recommend this album 100%, although I have to point out that it is probably an acquired taste.
As the title of my review says, this is one show you can replay over and over again. This was Eminem's 4th studio produced album and if anybody still didnt know who he was after the success of 'Infinite', 'The Slim Shady LP' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP' then they certainly did after this. The Eminem show has sold more than 10 million copies and is Eminem's second album to have a Diamond Creditation. It spent 5 consecutive weeks at the top of the album charts in both the US and the UK. It is such a creative and brilliant album and i think this is his best work along with his 2010 release 'Recovery'. I believe that even if rap/hiphop isnt your favourite genre of music, you will still enjoy this album. It has abit of everything and the lyrical content is there to be admired. I could write an individual review on every song on this album but i wont do that, i will mention the parts that i believe made this album what is it. The album starts well with a skit followed by 'white america', 'Business' and 'cleaning out my closet' with the latter 2 mentioned doing well as singles from the album. Eminem carries on in good form on the next few songs but i have to mention THE song of the album that got everyones attention, 'Without Me'. It was the first single from the album and topped all the charts, a very enjoyable song with an entertaining video to go with it. The album continues with the other singles on the album, 'Sing for the moment' and 'Superman' which features Dina Rae. Next up is the beautiful 'Hailies song' which is dedicated to his daughter. The most notable song that remains on the album is 'My daddy's gone crazy' which features eminems daughter hailie. It is a song that changes emotion throughout and grabs your attention, it finishes with hailie declaring 'You're funny daddy'..Thats one word to describe him. I would recommend that everybody gives this album a listen to at least once, i think you will find something you will like. This gets 5*'s from me!!
Overall, I think Eminem has made three CLASSIC albums. By a classic album, I mean an album that is of such a quality and spark that it will not only stand the test of time, but that it holds its own very special, elevated place within the genre. Eminem's first album, 'The Slim Shady LP' is basically an undisputed classic within hip hop. Even hip hop fans who aren't particularly big on Eminem, will usually give him that. It was very original at the time, totally left-field, comedic and blew everything else out the water. It felt fresh and daring. His next album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is even more solidified as a classic, even to music fans outside of the genre. That album was huge, ballsy and insanely controversial. It's a rare piece of reactionary art that is ballsy, groundbreaking, artsy, foul-mouthed, has more attitude than N.W.A. and that strikes the perfect balance between catchy and thoughtful. A line that almost no artist can successfully tread. So after those two stomping, timeless albums, comes - 'The Eminem Show'. Out of his first three, it's only really this album that isn't definitively accepted as a classic, per say. It's universally agreed to be a great album, and many fans (including myself) think it's his best, on most levels. However, even people who think it's great often don't concede that it's a classic hip hop album. I think I understand why that is, I can appreciate that perspective, but I don't agree with it. I think this album is absolutely a classic hip hop album, and Eminem's true peak. I think the reason this album ('The Eminem Show') is not so easily considered a 'classic' is because it's not as creative and artistic. On the surface. This album is more realistic and introspective. More human and down to earth, and because of that, it feels more like drama and theater than art. And, the word 'art' can be somewhat ambiguous of course. As generally speaking, it just means self-expression and generally speaking, if somebody INTENDS something to be art, then IT IS art. Quality is subjective, and personal, and the mistake most make is to think that calling something 'art' immediately implies that it's 'good' art. Which is not the case. The word is just a label to broadly categorize a creation in some kind logical way in the mind. I could throw my waste at a canvas and call it art. Doesn't mean it's good, or meaningful. However, when I use the word art when talking about Eminem's first two major-label albums ('The Slim Shady LP' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP') I am in fact implying a certain kind of art. Those albums have abstract elements. Eminem indulges in character, persona juggling, tongue in cheek, irony, storytelling, cartoonish violence and many complex and interesting literary techniques that makes them as much showcases of skill and intelligence as they are music and entertainment. So when speaking of those two albums, it's a lot easier for most critics or fans to call them art, and therefore classics, as they feel electric and creative. So then take 'The Eminem Show'. The majority of the album is Em settling scores, both with public and political critics, and himself. And his own inner-demons. Which is nothing new, the only difference is, on this album - he treats it all a lot more seriously and the album feels more adult. And because of that, and because he's often lecturing or stating things in a very real and serious way, I think people feel less inclined and able to brand it a classic, as it's so down to earth and serious. It's hard to explain exactly why that is but I understand it, as I feel it too. I think it's just easier to recognize a creation as historic and worthy, the more original it feels. And Eminem's first two albums both feel wholly original due to their execution. They feel larger than life. And Eminem always feels larger than life but on 'The Eminem Show', he's much more human. The reason this album is more serious is partially down to Eminem wanting to be taken more seriously as an artist. After "My Name Is" and this vague public perception of him as a jokey, novelty rapper, Em was quite rightfully unhappy with this MISconception of him and what he stands for, which is partially why 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is more angry and realistic. As he wanted to firmly disassociate himself from any kind of cheap pop stars he was being compared to simply because he was handsome and catchy. This is a trend he continues on 'The Eminem Show'. Eminem is a very obsessive person and artist, even speculating himself to have OCD. I myself have bipolar and have noticed that almost every great artist or so-called genius I can think of either had or was suspected to have some kind of mental disorder. Whether it be Autism, OCD, ADHD or Bipolar, or other. I think this is because all of these disorders create extreme mindsets and obsessive thinking patterns that when mixed with intelligence, spark inherent creativity and drive and involuntary perfectionism that leads to incredible output. I don't believe perfectionism is a choice, I think it's a certain kind of brain. Not a personality trait or foible. I'm a perfectionist but I don't choose to be, I can't help it, and it drives me nuts. Eminem is one of the most notorious perfectionists in music history too. You can hear it in his lyrics, this is why his mind-blowing rhymes are so intricate and consistent, he pushes everything to the max and doesn't stop until he feels it's perfect, or maxed-out. Relating back to what I was saying, I believe this is what drove him forward to create a more serious album in 'The Eminem Show'. After getting more serious with 'The Marshall Mathers LP', I think he probably liked the respect it yielded and decided he wanted to hang up the antics for a while and become a more serious artists, and deal with more adult subject-matter in a more adult way. It also tied in with '8 Mile' and what he was creating with "Lose Yourself" and the character he was playing in that movie. It was all more adult, poetic and grounded in melody and reason. Creatively and artistically, I think 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is head and shoulders the greatest thing Em has ever done and probably ever will do. It's, in my mind, without question his greatest achievement as an artist and given the element of surprise and 'newness' neccessary for him as an artist and that kind of project, and the kind of artist he is... I seriously doubt he'll ever create anything that will even come close to it again. Because he's a reactionary artist, which is why his second album - the reaction to the first, was the absolute perfect peak for him to explode and disrupt. The public simply know him and his shtick all to well now. Which is why I think he's decided, at least in part, to try and create songs that now reach outside the genre and basic shock element of great rap, songs like "Space Bound" and "Love the Way You Lie". The latter of which is a pretty ingenious collaboration. I'm not Rihanna's biggest fan, but putting her of all people on that hook, on a song about domestic violence... was a brilliant, brilliant idea. And the kind of thing he should be doing more. Like I said, I think 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is his greatest work, artistically. But I think 'The Eminem Show' is far and above all of his albums, lyrically and musically. I think it's the closest he's come to a perfect album, it's top to bottom brilliance, doesn't let-up for a second, and rarely drags. Every single track on this album sounds like it should be there. Even the arguably pointless or filler tracks like "Drips" and "Superman" fit absolutely perfectly in tone and gel with everything else on the album with utter ease. Nothing sounds out of place. A rare feat, on any album. In 2002, I heard Eminem say that he "put his ass" into this album, and you can tell. Man oh man you can tell. This album is one big payoff of hard work, top to bottom, inside out. From the ominous, bombastic, rap-rock production to the dedicated vocal layering line for line, to the careful thinking behind almost every lyric of every song. A friend of mine says to me that Em sold-out with 'The Eminem Show'. Clearly he's a moron who hasn't properly listened to the album, or doesn't know what the term 'selling-out' even means. Or both. I bet both. Most people seem to think that, if an artist gets bigger... they've 'sold-out'. Getting more famous does not automatically make an artist a sell-out, regardless of aim or genre. Selling-out is to metaphorically SELL your integrity for money. So the implication that Eminem sold-out with this album is pure madness. What kind of a 'sell-out' calls out members of the Whitehouse and screams "I'd rather be a pussy-whipped bitch, eat pussy and have pussy-lips glued to my face with a clit-ring in my nose" on a track with his own daughter sarcastically on the hook? Which is another point, many seem to throw around this notion that Em held his tongue or toned himself down after 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. Now, granted, 'The Eminem Show' isn't as horrorcore, crazy or daring - but that's because he'd already made his mark. He got people's attention with 'The Marshall Mathers LP', now it was time to say something worth saying. But, he went from dissing pop stars, to calling out members of Congress. Nobody in their right mind who understands, even on a basic level, what selling-out is, can say THAT is it. On 'The Eminem Show', the targets got bigger, more valid and more justly dealt with. Em deals with 'the race issue' ingeniously on "White America", buries his mother with manic fury on "Cleanin' Out My Closet", takes Bush to task on "Square Dance" and slaughters anyone and everyone else within reach elsewhere, in a mad flurry of tongue-in-cheek, anger, fantastical violence and lyrical onslaught. Em pushes his talent, thoughts and passion to the max on this album, it bursts with energy and vibrance from every angle and is a musical adventure truly fitting of a 'show' title. Aside from incredible lyricism and content, this album also fully explores Eminem's potential and strengths as a producer. Personally, I think he's a major force as a producer too and majorly underrated as one. I rarely hear him mentioned among the greats or even at all when it comes to producing, but when you consider that alongside The Bass Bros he's produced the most unique and electrifying beats of his career, and more than Dr. Dre. Many would scoff at even suggesting Eminem can come close to Dre as a producer, yet take a look at 'The Marshall Mathers LP' - Em's solo contribution, "The Way I Am" stands out amongst an album chock-full of Dre and Mel Man. The beat not only stands out, but many would agree it's the best on the album. So, how ridiculous is that suggestion now... On 'The Eminem Show', Em totally settles in to the producer role and creates beats that compliment his flow perfectly. He's a unique producer in the sense that he often creates a flow in his head first, as he writes a song, and then creates the beat to fit that flow. Which is why almost every beat on this album has its own unique melody and memorable tune that becomes one with Eminem's flow. It's a crime against music that 'The Marshall Mathers LP' did not win the Album of the Year Grammy. WHAT on Earth was bigger that year? give me a break. And, if he didn't win for that, he sure as hell should of won for 'The Eminem Show', it's an amazingly cohesive album. Overall, I say this is Eminem's most coherent and impressive album. It encapsulates every aspect of his character and artistry that makes him what he is, to the maximum potential. His prior two captured elements, in bursts, and his most recent do the same. But 'The Eminem Show' is the only one that fully amplifies every corner of his brilliance in full glare. Aside from all the politics, intelligence, humour, artistic sensibilities, literary excellence and all else that is rooted in this material - above all else, as I'm sure to the pleasure of just plain die hard music fans, it's very very melodic and entertaining. Just purely on a musical front. It's a joy to listen to, undeniably catchy and infectious from start to finish. And on a bigger and better platform than pop could ever achieve, it has balls, personality and depth. It's a classic.
Gawd Bobby, what can you say different that 34 other writers said about this album ?? I can't because there are just too many excellent reviews about this masterful piece of different dynamic schemes about the world of rap music. From the opening piece Curtain Up you see a different pace of hard bouncing thriving beats. The lyrics are tight and far from the unoriginal. He throws his Amthrax words of terrorists vibrations of how he's a lyrical soldier and can't be beat. Throwing many types of his Slim Shady background voices makes this song a excellent opening song. White America is a angry Em who's getting trashed by everyone from music critics and the media. This evenly low tone backdrop brings out his lyrical voice to expressing that nobody bothered him while he was underground.He brings out the point that he's can be in your family, he can be anywhere. But now that his has a name, he is being critiqued for everything he says. Making you realize he thinks he has a army behind him. That behind his voice the government has microscopes on everything he write. How he made me laugh that he is thankful for Doctor Dre, how he made Dre more popular than ever. Business: A real upbeat background to the lyrics on how he thinks he saving the music industry. The chorus makes you get off your seat. I cranked the volume up and was doing the old man boogie at my desk. Seriously the tempo just gets the head bobbing and weaving. I like the way he is complimenting the help Dre has given him. But this dynamic duo I think is just getting kicked into gear now with the Recovery album. Anyone can throw 16 songs into a album, but this song we hear maturity in his writing and a significant the tones of his beats and backgrounds. Cleaning Out My Closet, I reviewed this song on his so called Hits album. His rage that he had for his parents and Kim through fighting and the way his father left him to live a life in the projects and who knows where, admitting that all the devils and demons he had inside him has made him a stronger man today than ever. The chorus sums it up one how he is tired of the mellow drama and tonight he's cleaning out his closet. Soldier is for all the men who have to hold their territory in their hood. How you need to be a soldier for your family, brothers, drug dealers, but also to stand your ground with the blow from your lips. How you have to stand up for your rights as a human. How he is blame for being a gangsta thug but he explains he is a killer with his songs and not a thug. That his only weapon is his mouth. Background comes off a trace from the Infinite album being bland with not much of a beat to it. Drips, Omg !!! This boy needs his mouth washed out with soap !! Messing around with the wrong girls just doesn't pay-off. How drugs and alcohol can make you go easy on protection and bragging rights are all gone when you get the drips. Obie Trice is the dragging and dripping here, thinking how he's serious on one girl from the cleaners and falls for her. But he doesn't find ot she's a player until it's too late. Good chorus for a dirty, dirty song. Without Me: Get ready for the floor with this song. From the opening you just feel like throwing the body down. Such live lyrics, so very creative. I listen to it on my tracks and then watched the video on YouTube. Blowing out how the rap industry needs him, how empty it would be without me sums it up. The synthesizer as backgrounds make the beats jump at you and the lyrics just making it a jamming song. Superman is a compelling song how he's fed up with women. That they like being with a name. How they say what you want to hear. How they think they know the real you, the real Marshall. Running that players game, how the street is. How its a game of trash talking and getting high to get away from reality, pretending what love is. There is bits and pieces in almost every track about Kim and also Debbie in this song. The song that picked me up like a rally song is Till I Collapse. Can see a stage of Eminem's Army clapping (background) singing this song with the chorus. Sing till your legs come from underneath me. Sing and rap until you can't go no further, just know when you're done. Hallie's Song really isn't a love song about his daughter, just a onslaught of whiny lyrics how the world is on his shoulders, like he's the only one with problems. Truthfully if I was Hallie I would turn around and say Daddy grow the fack up. Beyond the lyrics the back beat was okay, nothing to write home about. Like My Dad's Gone Crazy snorting cocaine or whatever at the beginning. The repetitiveness of the title by Hallie singing it. got old fast. It's pathetically funny actually. How the lyrics makes him more of a Jack Nicolson rather than living the Brady Bunch family life. When the Music Stops is a very true and gritty song about some history of the rap world. About how you can express yourself through the mic. How rappers brag running their mouth and end up in a wood box. If I die tomorrow how would you feel ? Sad Shady that's how I would feel, even though I'm up in age I still like the way you can make songs jump and scream. The need to be bad with your mouth piece is getting old about you and Kim. But in all relevance she was your world in Detroit but you didn't see that train coming. Just let it go. 1. Curtains Up **** 2. White America***1/2 3. Business***** 4. Cleaning Out My Closet***** 5. Square Dance*** 6. The Kiss*** 7. Soldier **** 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood**** 9. Drips** 10. Without Me****** 11. Paul Rosenberg** 12. Sing for the Moment**** 13. Superman***** 14. Hailie's Song**** 15. Steve Berman (Skit)** 16. When the Music Stops **** 17. Say What You Say***** 18. 'Till I Collapse ***** 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy*** 20. Curtains Close*** Overall: The tracks I mentioned except for Drips were the music I really liked off this album. Not taking anything away from the other songs, just wasn't my cup of tea. Doctor Dre has taught Eminem to be more explosive on the mic with his mouth while Dre comes behind him and throws better beats and backgrounds to his thug Detroit sound. I definitely opened my mouth to fast by judging the Recovery album first before these. My only advice to the reviewer who reads this and don't do as I did, don't praise a man from his future unless you have seen his past first. From Infinite to Recovery the journey has been a long drawn out hell for this man. I can only see better things coming from this artist. Maybe throwing the word "soldier" in a good many of these tracks was him verbally thinking he was still a street mouth, but once you go Hollywood you don't come back. Thanks For Reading !!!! Recommended: Yes
"The Eminem Show" is rapper Eminem's fourth album, following the chart-topping "The Marshall Mathers LP". It was released in 2002 and has been certified 8x Platinum. If you have been reading my previous Eminem reviews you will notice I rated "The Slim Shady LP" and "The Marshall Mathers LP" five stars out of five due to their brilliance. An impossible ask, then for Eminem to follow them two albums with another 5 out of 5 album? Well unfortunately, yes it is. Songs like "White America" are Eminem at his best, angrily lashing out at those who want to censor him with a hard-hitting beat that will shake your bones. Although this is a rap song, it nearly has a punk feel to it in its energy and intensity. "Cleanin Out My Closet" is a personal song about Eminem's wife and mother that attracted a lot of controversy, and it's easy to see why - the venomous anger shown by Eminem in this song is astounding. "Sing for the Moment" is another standout song on this album. Heavily sampling Aerosmith's "Dream On", Eminem spits an impassioned verse about how rap is a way of expressing himself. "Hailie's Song" is another very personal song, in which Eminem does an impressive amount of singing about his daughter growing up. It is a bit over the top but not bad. "Superman" and "Without Me" were two singles and both are impressive and catchy, obvious choices for singles. However what lets down this album is the more mediocre songs: "Say what You Say", "When The Music Stops","Drips" and "My Dad's one Crazy". While this album contains some of Eminem's greatest songs its the album tracks that don't match up to the previous level of consistency shown in "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "The Slim Shady LP". Saying that it is still a great album and one recommended for any rap fan.
The Eminem show is the fourth studio album from Eminem and coming after what were two hugely successful second and third albums there was no doubt pressure to deliver the goods on this one as well, but he certainly didn't give in to the pressure and managed to put some great new tracks out there. Track four cleaning out my closet is a track that got quite a lot of public response because of how Eminem talked about his mother, this certainly put him in the news, but no doubt didn't do his album sales any harm. it's a very catchy song and I really like the way Eminem raps it. Without me is another great song off the album, really catchy and it did quite well in the charts too. I think its probably got the most catchy bass line throughout, just a great song and the lyrics are really good too. However my absolute favourite song from the album has just got to be sing for the moment, it's a much slower song than the others and whilst many other have been fairly comical it was good to hear Eminem do something more serious about his own past experiences. The lyrics are just great and the whole build up the song has until it gets to the climax of the chorus is great as well. To be honest I really liked pretty much all the songs on this album, there's many different styles of songs on here, it feels like Eminem experimented a bit on some but it really worked out well. 1. Curtains Up - (skit) 2. White America 3. Business 4. Cleanin Out My Closet 5. Square Dance 6. Kiss, The - (skit) 7. Soldier 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood 9. Drips - (featuring Obie Trice) 10. Without Me 11. Paul Rosenberg - (skit) 12. Sing For the Moment 13. Superman - (featuring Dina Rae) 14. Hailie's Song 15. Steve Berman - (skit) 16. When the Music Stops 17. Say What You Say - (featuring Dr. Dre) 18. 'Till I Collapse - (featuring Nate Dogg) 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy 20. Curtains Close - (skit) 21. Curtains Close
The thought of writing an album review makes me shudder - give me a gig or concert and I can review it in a flash, but when it comes to writing up my opinions of a CD, I haven't got a clue where to begin. However, I'm running out of things to review - I feel like I've covered everything that's going on in my life! So I've decided to move onto the CD and Movie World of Reviews. The Eminem Show is probably the only album I feel I know well enough to write about, so here goes. Rap artist Eminem has been around for over a decade now. He burst into the hiphop/rap scene and created massive controversy and faced ridicule for being a white rapper, fighting against all the black artists such a P. Diddy, D12, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, just to name a few. He began his music life releasing The Slim Shady LP once he was signed up to a major record label, and it won a Grammy. When he followed this up with The Marshall Mathers LP, this became the fastest selling hiphop/rap album EVER. Pretty impressive. Eminem's real name is Marshall Mathers, and he uses a mixture of these two names, as well as Slim Shady, another nickname. Eminem released The Eminem Show in 2002. It sold over a million copies very quickly, and was a bit more playful than his latest two albums (mentioned above). The Slim Shady/Marshall Mathers LPs were very serious, about guns, suicide, killing, how much he hates his mum and family and wants them dead (not nice..), and how he hated other artists. The Eminem Show's first released single was 'Without Me'. In the video of this Eminem and Dr. Dre dress up cartoon-like as Batman and Robin, and there are some very funny scenes, so immediately we see Eminem might be changing direction, getting a little more mainstream, possibly so more kids/teenagers would enjoy his music. Still about guns and violence, but less about killing people's mothers and doing unpleasant sexual acts to chickens and whatnot! There were some pretty big songs on this album, with Aerosmith's Steve Tyler, guitar-soloing on 'Sing For The Moment', D12 guesting on 'When the Music Stops', and other songs starring Dr. Dre, and Nate Dogg, both famous on the hiphop scene. I didn't really want to do a boring song-by-song write up, but considering how many songs there are on this album alongside many 'skits', I felt it necessary. So, beginning with no. 1.... 1. Curtains Up (Skit) This first song is a skit. On Eminem's albums, a skit is a very small piece of audio, generally with him talking to someone, i.e. his record producer, his manager, Dr. Dre, his girlfriend, etc. They fit in between Eminem's songs as though telling a story. This beginning skit features the sound of curtain's being pulled apart in a theatre, reflecting the title of the track, followed by footsteps across a stage. Ken Kaniff, who is Eminem's alter ego, introduces Eminem. It is very short, only 20 seconds or so, but sets the scene for Eminem's first song, which it swiftly moves into. 2. White America As I said, this song is swiftly drawn into straight after Curtains Up. The explosive introduction is actually a nice wake up call for anyone who fell asleep during the non-exciting first skit. This is the first proper song on the album and beings with Eminem shouting "WHITE AMERRICCA". The first verse is spoken by Em, as though he's announcing a speech. He talks about "the women and men who have risked their necks... for the United States Government" and asks how many are proud to be a citizen of America. We can recognise he's going to be talking about some serious issues, as is usual to Eminem, though he doesn't normally start on the politics right away! The lyrics draw down to him talking about how far he's come in the rap scene considering he's white, and how it's silly that people take what he raps about literally. The bass and drums are quite heavy to begin with and especially in the chorus, and create a very solid beat behind the song. The chorus is really catchy, despite being a very angry song! Eminem sounds pretty aggressive throughout, emphasising the lyrics. This is definitely a big and bold song to kick start the album and really gets you in the right mood for the rest of the songs. 3. Business The contrast between this song and the previous one is immense! The last song was angry, aggressive, and really showed a serious side of Em. This one begins with Dr. Dre saying urgently, "Marshall, sounds like an SOS"... to which Em replies "Holy whack, unlyrical lyrics, Andre, you're right!", then "To the rapmobile, let's go!". It is a highly comical start, and if you've seen the 'Without Me' vid of Em and Dre dressed up at Batman and Robin, you can immediately picture them in that dress-up again! Right after that dialogue, we hear police/ambulance sirens, girls singing sweetly "Marshall!... Marshall!", just to add to the comedy, as though Em is a superhero. The beat to this song is very clean and solid, with a nice bouncey bass. It's not as serious as the first song, this track is easygoing and really wants you to dance in your most hilarious hiphop moves. The lyrics are quite simple, snappy, and to the point. The chorus begins "So let's get down to business...". He seems to be talking about the music scene and how full of cheats and liars it is, and taking the mikey about it, of course, in true Eminem stylee! 4. Cleanin' Out My Closet This is one of the songs that was released as a single, and was highly popular. Another angry song full of aggression, he mainly raps about his personal life in this song, particularly about his mother. For those who know Eminem's story know that he and his mother completely detest each other, and in this track he tells the world what an awful mother she is, and she will never see his daughter, Hailie. He raps of everyone hating him and discriminating against him, how so many parents are against him because of what he talks about in his songs and because of how much he swears, but he says he's not "taking nothin' from no one", just ignoring them and carrying on doing what he's doing. He also talks of his ex and mother of his daughter, Kim, and how she was a mistake as she cheated on him. There's a lot of emotion put into this song which we can hear through Em's aggression. The beat of this song is a mixture of rapid and slow, and no real element really shines out here, as it's putting emphasis on his voice and the lyrics. The chorus is quite playful, music-wise, and simply contains a set of chords that is repeated, whilst Eminem sings over the top. The bassline is quite jazzy in this song and gives a good underbeat to it. (When I say jazzy, I don't mean jazz, I mean it's quite lively and funky!). 5. Square Dance Based quite heavily on terrorism and the American Government (a recurring theme!), this song is actually one I'm not particularly keen on myself. The track begins quite interestingly, with a unique synth sound and Eminem shouting over the top. Once it starts, it does have quite a dead sounding verse with some aggressive lyrics which I found to be a bit boring, it does however have quite a fun, bouncy melody on the chorus, where Em puts on a comedic Southern American accent. Almost every line in this song rhymes perfectly, whereas usually Em's lyrics are just closely rhymed, so this track doesn't sound altogether meaningful, despite being about such a serious topic. Perhaps Eminem wanted this effect - to make the Government and terrorism sound so simple, in comparison to the massive debates held about each issue. 6. The Kiss (Skit) This skit sets the scene by allowing us to envisage what's happening: Em and his mate sitting in a car park, waiting for something. We can hear their dialogue over a car radio. Eminem sees his girlfriend's car parked up somewhere, clearly where it's not meant to be, and he's saying "I'm gonna kill (her)... I'm gonna kill (her)", and Em's friend saying he's got a bad feeling about what they're doing. We then know that Eminem's got a gun by his friend's reaction "What the **** did you bring that for?!" and we know something bad is going to happen. 20 seconds on a war/military drum roll begins over the dialogue, creating tension.. then Em sees his girlfriend kiss a guy. The beat speeds up, the volume increases, we hear Eminem shouting angrily, and the drum roll then continues right into... 7. Soldier ... this song. I really love how they do this, swooping from The Kiss right into Soldier, because it really adds to the whole story thing that Em's going for. This song is quite intense, and actually a bit mainstream-sounding compared to some other songs by him off this album. It's quite simple, the lyrics aren't really anything special, and the distinctive drum roll from the skit turns into a fast-paced snappy drum beat that really carries the song. The lyrics are angry and basically saying how he doesn't take any rubbish off anyone, and not afraid to stand up for himself. The title of the song reflects how he feels, he's a soldier, fighting against the world so he can just be happy with his little girl, even if it means he's got to take a few people down to get there. A bit of a controversial song from that aspect, and it does contain a lot of swearing to emphasise his anger at the world. This song has got a good beat, but the lyrics are quite similar to a few other songs - nothing new he's rapping about here. 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood Another song about his personal life, and a song I'm not particularly keen on, though it is quite catchy. The track begins with repetitions of the title... "Saying goodbye, saying goodbye to Hollywood, Saying goodbye, Saying goodbye to Hollywood" and then another voice of Em's comes over the top "Holllyyyywoood... why do I feel this way?", and then the song begins. I think the reason for my dislike of this song is the lyrics and his tone of voice in the verse - he sounds quite droney and disinterested the way in which he's rapping. He talks of his ex-wife Kim, saying he thought he was tough enough to cope with it, and he should've been strong enough to leave but he wasn't. I believe he's talking about a time when he got in a fight because his wife cheated on him, and he was facing a jail sentence. I think his lyrics are trying to say he's turning his back on that way of living - being in fights, being violent, and most importantly he wants to quit the fame that turned him into this, hence 'Saying Goodbye to Hollywood'. At the end he brings up his daughter Hailie, saying he just wanted to give her a great life, one that he never had. The chorus is repetitve but quite catchy, but as I said, the verse is quite boring, luckily it's only a short song compared to others on the album though otherwise it'd be even more boring! 9. Drips This song is definitely one you don't want to have playing if your gran's about! Featuring Obie Trice, one of Em's friends and who guests in a lot of his songs, this song is mainly about one thing: sex. Obie raps about a girl who he was with who gave him a sexually transmitted infection because she was sleeping with someone else, calling her many awful names! Whilst Obie is a good artist, I think when Em comes in and raps the second verse, the comparison is great - Eminem is King. Top of his game. It is a rude song, but if you put the lyrics aside, the backing beat and main melody are excellent, definitely something you could find in a club that would really get everyone dancing. It's a bit experimentative with instruments too, rather than just being guitar and drums. Back to the lyrics - it could be that rather than just being crude, Em is sending out a message - be careful who you sleep with; use protection, etc etc, though actually I think this is just another song where Em is singing about how much he hates women and think they always cheat! The words in this track really POP out, just the way Em and Obie talk about this subject, they really emphasis the end of each line, really making you listen and pay attention. 10. Without Me Possibly the most famous and well-known track on the album, this was the first single off the album to be released in 2002, and reached no. 1 in the charts. As mentioned previously, in the video we see Dre and Em dressed up as Batman and Robin very comedically. I believe the moral behind the song is that Em is back to save the world! If not the world, then the music industry. In the video, Em takes the mickey out of quite a few people, though I won't go into details because this is about the song not the video. The melody is rapid and upbeat, both on the verse and chorus, and Em raps very quickly over the top to emphasis this. It is bouncy and really gets you moving, and was popular at the time in bars and clubs throughout the UK (I'm not sure about anywhere else!). The lyrics are quite offensive, and he disses quite a few people well-known people/artists, like Moby and Limp Bizkit. He also makes a few comparisons between himself and Elvis - about how they're both white yet struggling to make it big in a mainly African-American founded music industry. However he doesn't put it in a way that makes them both sound like heroes, he claims they're both "doing black music selfishly", to make themselves "wealthy"! 11. Paul Rosenborg (Skit) Paul Rosenborg is Em's manager, and has appeared previously on his albums it little skits. Here, he is heard leaving Em a voicemail message saying he heard that Eminem was out shooting a neighbourhood up! He tells Em to not take his gun out and to leave it at home, as though it's an angry parent telling off his/her child. It is all in the name of comedy and mocks the whole hiphop scene as supposedly they're all meant to be carrying guns and shooting people, but Em tries to make a point he's not like that, at least anymore. 12. Sing For The Moment This is my favorite track on the whole album. It starts big, continues big, and ends big. I think this was probably the song that had the most thought put into it. So, what makes it so good? The lyrics, for starters. They are so intense, some of them actually give me chills. He talks of such real-to-life stuff, which is a fantastic comparison to other rappers who do only sing about drugs and getting girls. I believe this song is a big hit out at everyone who says Em is teaching kids bad things - bad language, bad behaviour, and bad ideas. Em gets you to envisage a lonely teenager, with disinterested and neglecting parents, no friends, a hard time at school, who basically has nothing. Then he can put on a rap song, and really relate to everything that's being said, he feels like someone, feels like part of the world again. Em questions if it is right to stop kids from listening to this music, when it could be a part of their lives. Em claims that he understands the argument, that the entertainment industry is tainted with bad guys who do influence people to do awful things, but I think he's trying to really push the message across that 'bad' music doesn't create 'bad' people... if those people are already 'bad', nothing will stop them shooting up a neighbourhood, or doing drugs, etc. It is an old, controversial debate that has been ongoing for years since this type of music came out, but not many have actually sung about it in such a serious manner, so congrats to Em for doing so. The music behind the lyrics is really incredible, with a really intense melody, bassline and guitar licks. It doesn't overpower the lyrics, and it is emphasised that this song REALLY is about the words, and the music adds so beautifully to that. The music is a bit depressing when you really listen to it, but again, this is only to really incorporate how important the meaning is, and should be paid attention to. Em is basically saying that there is a minority who will take Em's words seriously and literally, but those people are ruining it for everyone else who knows you don't go and shoot someone just because "Eminem does". There have been loads of court cases about this, where people have blamed people such as Eminem and Marilyn Manson for being the reason they commit crimes, and this is Em's fight against it. After three verses and a few choruses comes the really amazing part of the song: Steve Tyler from Aerosmith performs an outstanding guitar solo. Whilst really impressive guitarists may say the solo wasn't "that good" (as I've heard people say), it fits in with the song so well, and compliments the meaning behind the song and the rest of the music so perfectly. The guitar solo actually gives me goose bumps every time I hear it! This song has been produced so well, making me Eminem's No. 1 song for me, and actually one of my favorite songs of all time. 13. Superman RnB singer Dina Rae features in this song, singing at the beginning and at the chorus, and she sings as if she's one of Eminem's girlfriends. I don't know if she is impersonating anyone in particular, but the track begins with the two of them talking as if they are about to get together, with some dirty talk, and then a sexy chorus which is more conversation between them, then suddenly Eminem turns aggressive and says "B**** you make me hurl", and then of course we realise that the song isn't about Em finding love ever after, it's another song dissing all the cheating women he's been with! There's a great melody behind the lyrics and it's quite sincere and intense, compared to some of the other tracks. A sexy guitar lick plays through the intro and chorus, and just in generally, this song is pure sexy! Though you might not want to use it as date music as Em shouts out things like "I'd never let another chick bring me down" and "b**** if you died, I wouldn't buy you life", etc etc! It isn't a pleasant song, but the concept behind the lyrics does work really well with the lusty bassline and drum beat. I really like this song, but again, not a song to play in front of grandma! I think what he's saying in this song is that he doesn't trust women - he's happy to sleep with them but does not want relationships because they cheat. Obviously this is a big generalisation! But Em is very controversial, so he's probably quite happy about the backlash he might get for this song! 14. Hailie's Song This is a really beautiful song on the album. It begins with Eminem saying he loves his daughter, and he knows he can't sing, but he wants to sing her a song. (His daughter's name is Hailie in case you didn't know). The lyrics in this song are quite moving, as he sings about how difficult life is and how much pressure there is on him, but once he's with his daughter all of that disappears and he can be happy. He also sings about how no one understands him, and he can't be his real self to the world because of that reason, but, again, with Hailie everything is okay. The lyrics are really sweet and I'm sure any parent can relate. If anyone knows Eminem's real story, they'll know he's had a constant struggle with gaining custody of his daughter, despite the fact that Hailie's mum apparently wasn't fit to be a mother. Em got custody a couple of years ago, and has since brought out a couple of songs regarding his daughter. The melody of this song is quite soft, and has a verse-chorus-verse structure of him singing how much he loves Hailie-Jade. The bassline is quite bouncy and makes you sway your head. After a couple of repeats verse-chorus, etc, he launches into a rap. This rap is a lot more fast-paced and his lyrics are quite angry, as he raps about how much he hates Hailie's mum, how difficult she's made his life. He raps as though he's talking to his daughter, and explains that from what everyone else will say, she'll assume he's a "pistol-packin' drug-addict who bags on his mama". He explains to her things are difficult for him, and that isn't really him, just how he comes across. He wrote this song intending to store it away for Hailie to listen to when she's older, but Dr. Dre encouraged him to put it on the album. I think it was a great idea, as it shows a completely different side to Em, and shows that he's actually loving and caring when it comes to family matters, even if he appears to be all aggressive and violent. 15. Steve Berman (Skit) This is a follow-up to another skit featuring Steve Berman on Eminem's previous album. Steve Berman is a record executive who decides whether or not to take on Em's albums to sell. On the previous album where there is another skit with Steve Berman, Berman tells Eminem that the album is awful, wouldn't sell, etc. He tells Em that Dre is selling records about girls, drugs and having a good time and he's making millions, whereas Eminem's album was rubbish and wouldn't be able sell anything. Back to present day, in this skit, we hear Em knocking on Berman's door, and they begin a conversation. Clearly, Berman has only just listened to Em's album and is about to give his opinion on it. Berman begins to speak, but because Em assumes he's going to say something bad, Em shoots him. As Berman is dying, he tells Em that the album is the most incredible thing he's ever heard. Oh, the irony! It is humorous, a bit disgusting with the sounds of Berman dying, but just clever the way it is done and how it follows on from the previous album, incorporating the whole 'telling a story' idea behind these skits. The sound effects are great and the gun shot sounds very realistic! 16. When The Music Stops The meaning behind this song is very clear - Em is speaking out how there is a big difference between music/hiphop and real life, but some of the people who listen to this type of music find it hard to tell the difference. This song features D12, an excellent hiphop band who have worked with Em before, and the fact there are so many people singing in the song gives it a completely different tone and feeling. The lyrics are important in putting across that everything they rap about isn't real, but 'when the music stops' some people forget that rule and carry the violence and drugs on into real life. The way how each rapper gets their own verse to sing in has a very community feel and you get the idea that Em is close to D12 - they'd all have each other's backs in a fight, etc. The music behind the lyrics is great - pumping, intense, a really nice rapid beat to get you bopping your head. This is one of my favorite songs off the album. 17. Say What You Say Eminem produced most of the songs off this album, but this one was actually produced by Dr. Dre, and he guests in it too. Em and Dre take it in turns to rap through this song. It's got a nice beat behind it, quite definitive and sharp compared to some other songs that are a bit clumsier. The lyrics are very metaphorical ("I was born to brew up storms") and yet literal at the same time (the first line of the second verse is, "Second verse, it gets worse", so maybe there's a bit more meaning behind these lyrics than some other songs, which is probably Dre's influence. 18. Till I Collapse This is a very angry song on this album - the words are thrown out aggressively by both Eminem and Nate Dogg, who guests in this song. The bassline and melody are quite heavy and thumpy (that's not a word but I hope you understand what I mean!), the sort of song you might hear blasting from a Punto or a Saxo loudly at a car park (not that I'm stereotyping or anything!). As I said, angry song, grouchy lyrics over hostile-played instruments. The lyrics of this song comprise of Em saying he's going to keep on going until he 'collapses', which could be a metaphor for he's going to keep trying/keep on going either until it gets too much, until his fans stop following him, or simply until he dies. 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy This is the only song off the album where a non-artist stars in a song - Em's daughter Hailie Jade, and she sings in the chorus. It's a bit controversial that this is the case, as plenty of people have asked whether it is appropriate to bring your young daughter (I think she was about 4 at the time) into that seedy world of guns, drugs, swearing, etc. I'm sure Em tries to protect his daughter from that, but I'm sure Hailie would have wanted to listen to herself after, and the song contains swearing elsewhere and some other inappropriate issues are discussed. The lyrics begin quite tame but then head back to the same aggressive nature he has when he raps, he mainly sings about what's p*ssed him off and made him angry in this song, to which Hailie Jade at the end of each verse sings "My dad's gone craaazzzyy!". It is sweet in a way, to hear such a pure, innocent voice amid all the swearing and hate. The beat of the song is bouncy and something to get your head moving to the music. It is a nice song to finish on before the final skit. 20. Curtains Close (Skit) As you can probably guess after reading the review of track no. 1, this is the end of the album - the title being a direct opposite to the introduction track title. Again, this skit stars Ken Kaniff. We hear footsteps again, then a small pause before he announces "Without Me" and that is the end of the album. Simple. Even if you don't like Eminem/Marshall Mathers, you've got to admit he has made quite a statement within the world, and has caused many arguments between parents and children everywhere because kids love him, parents hate him. He's seen as the worst influence, but then again, there is that saying 'Any publicity is good publicity'. I think this is a fantastic album, and overall there are only a few songs I do not like, but out of 20 songs, that's not bad! It is a long album, but I think it's great that he's put so much effort in to put so many songs on there - quite a lot of artists nowadays release albums with 8 or so songs, which is nowhere near enough for the £13+ you pay for an individual CD. Each song is different, this is definitely an album full of variety, and the guest rap artists really add to that. Each track has a different beat, different melody, and most importantly, he explores with different instruments which not a lot of rappers do. Overall, a worthy buy.
The Eminem Show Released in 2002, this is one of Eminems strongest albums, it sold over a million copies in its first week of release and is Eminem singing and rapping about his life, from his popularity with some and lack of with others through his divorce, his personal feuds and his love for his daughter, this is a man basically laying himself bare, by the end you can see why he wanted the break from music he alludes to so often, he has basically given his life to music as entertainment and probably decides to have time for his family. The album has some highlights including White America, Cleaning out my Closet and Hailies song, but there are listenable tracks throughout the album. Produced by Dr Dre but with some songs produced by Em himself, he allows other collaborators to perform to and the album is varied in content and style and thoroughly listenable throughout. Track List 1. Curtains Up (skit) Ken Kaniff an alter ego of Eminem opens the show, simply walking on stage and introducing the Eminem Show, this is 20 seconds long and doesn't add anything or set the scene really. 2. White America This is a really angry rant about everything Em felt was wrong with America at the time this album was made. Its about how he's made it as a white rapper against a lot of prejudice and people ready to mock him at every turn, it also seeks to set the record straight and explain that Eminem is not Marshall Mathers and what he says in his song can be as fictional as a writers character in a book. This song is lyrically brilliant and the contrast of heavy bass drums and guitars give it a really heavy touch which when added to his hard aggressive rap makes for a great starting song on the album. 3. Business Produced by Dr Dre, this has a fast paced beat and opens the Eminem Show, Em sings like a circus master at first introducing himself, he then flows about the music business and how people may hate him but make lots of money from him, as he's something different to the norm and a multi-million selling artist. As always the song has a high level of sarcasm and anger, but it is very, very funny, I love the line about his collaboration with Dre being the most feared duet since he and Elton John played Career Russian Roulette, its awesome and lyrically brilliant and develops into a crushing song. The song was released as a single but didn't have the popularity of many others. 4. Cleanin Out My Closet I love this song so much, it is an introspective masterpiece and one of the best rap songs of all time. A piano plays throughout the track overlayed by a rolling beat. Eminem spits out lyrics about his childhood and how with a mother like his, he couldn't help what he became, he talks about his mother in very unhappy terms and compares this with his undying love for his own daughter. His rapping on this song is awesome it follows the beats perfectly and is powerful in a bitter resentful way, but is so eloquently explained that his comments have an air of truth to them. This was released as a single in 2002 and is still one of the best songs in his entire back catalogue. 5. Square Dance I like this song an awful lot, it has the bounce and vitality of a square dance, but this paradigm of Americas deep south masks the fact this is a political attack on President Bush and America's introverted foreign policy of the time ,the song criticises Bush for his management of his nation and his world views while questioning the war in Iraq and Bush's reaction to terrorism. Bouncey, great beats and exceptional raps this is one of the slow burners on the album. 6. The Kiss (skit) This is a recorded recreation of one of the major events in Eminems life, when he hit the headlines for pistol whipping a man he found with his wife. We follow Eminem as he hears the news his wife is having an affair and plots to get his revenge, this is just a part of his life story more than any real entertainment. 7. Soldier Set over a marching beat, Eminem sets himself up as a soldier a man who will overcome his doubters and haters and keep going. He talks about his personal life and how despite him rapping about it, its nobodys business but his, this song has a great beat which keeps you hooked but the rap is vitriolic and filled with anger and its a memorable song, but not because you can sing along to it. 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood Eminem talks about his fame, about his ex-wife and about how he wants a break from it all, this is almost a cry for help, its a good song and damned interesting but musically its one of the weaker songs on the album. 9. Drips feat. Obie Trice I like this song, which introduces Obie Trice one of Eminems own record label acts, OT raps about how he got an STD from a woman. It is a funny and at times very good advert for safe sex, as with many of the songs the humour hides a more important message. Produced by Eminem, the fastly lilting rap is delivered over a piano and strings playing elegantly and in marvellous contrast in the background. 10. Without Me This is one of the most commercial Eminem songs and will be well remembered by fans of MTV for its video mocking everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Michael Jackson. Produced and written by Eminem, the song is jaunty and really fresh, it was number one in a lot of countries and was the first released from this album, the lyrics are excellent, angry but humorous which is when Eminem is at his best and with a really catchy chorus and fantastic video. This is Eminem at his very, very best the Family Guy or South Park of Hip Hop. 11. Paul Rosenberg (skit) Generally, Eminem's manager Paul Rosenburg appears on all of Eminem's albums, on this one we hear a conversation between Paul and Em where his manager is clearly not happy with the album, its a dig at all of Eminems critics and just goes to highlight how some people really misunderstand and misrepresent his music. 12. Sing For The Moment With a rocky chorus (Dream on by Aerosmith is the sample I believe). The song is quite a thumper, it has a real melodic air and a singable chorus, it once again touches on the fact that the things he raps about aren't real, he can't be more explicit in relaying this and seems keen to point out that the traumas that get blamed on his music are just people who can't take responsibility for their own actions. This is a powerful song which attacks American society for making him a pariah for its own ills, he eloquently explains that his songs are acts of fiction and that he mocks himself through them, it is catchy, stunningly produced and intelligently performed, this is a stand out track on the album. 13. Superman feat. Dina Rae A song about the woman he has loved (Well spent time with) and lost over tiem, with support from Dina Rae an American R&B Singer who smoothly croons the chorus. It really relays for me the fact that Eminem can't handle a relationship and its unclear whether his anger is with himself or the women he meets, overall, its a bit too diggy for my liking, the samples in the background are cool and the beats are upbeat but I couldn't tell if Eminem is accepting responsibility for failed relationships or blaming others. 14. Hailie's Song This song was never released as single but is one of the greatest in his career, talking about his love for his daughter and the world she is growing up in, Eminem touches on his long custody battle his ex-wife and his failings and strengths as a parent, the song is sung and rapped by Eminem and is utterly spell binding, it has heart, is sung with purpose and love and is the most beautiful song he has created in its purely directed love for his daughter. 15. Steve Berman (skit) Another dig at the record company, featuring 'Steve Berman' a PR from Aftermath Records who generally appears on Eminem albums slagging the songs off, on this one he is filled with praise but before he gets to the crescendo of his soliloquy to this great album, Eminem shoots him. 16. When The Music Stops feat. D-12 This song has hidden meaning its about the life of a rapper and how you have to live the image off camera once you've built it up on camera, as one of D-12 was shot dead this has added significance, but it is interesting hearing intelligent lyrics about why people have this tough facade rather than simply using the usual hail of street talking about how hard life on the street is and how you have to be tough to survive, this looks at how life for a rapper isn't perhaps so hard, but the image they create for themselves makes it harder as they become a target to others who believe everything they hear. 17. Say What You Say feat. Dr. Dre Another Dre produced song, where Dre and his protégé Eminem let loose at everyone who has criticised them ,the meida, the government, other artists, get it as they rap with style and over a thumping bass beat. A good song but not one of the best on the album. 18. 'Till I Collapse feat. Nate Dogg Eminem raps about envy in the music business while Nate Dogg puts his smooth grooves all over the chorus, this is a decent song but not one of the stronger ones on the album, despite Dr Dre's touches. 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy feat. Hailie Jade This is Eminems opportunity to settle some scores, like the grumpy old man of rap he talks about people he doesn't like and gives them both barrels, while on the chorus his beloved daughter cutely comments that her Dad's gone crazy, the contrast between his vitriol and his daughters clumsy charm is brilliant and while he was criticised for allowing his daughter on this track it does fit with the story of this album and the chaos surrounding the lives of Marshall Mathers and Haillie. A thumping, fun song which ends the album in a really fun way. 20. Curtains Close (skit) In much the same way as the album started we hear Ken Kaniff wanders onto the stage with the heavy sound of his steps for the grand finale, he steps out and simply says "Without Me." Summary Apart from the skits which seem to be about point scoring and kicking out at his record company this is probably one of Em's greatest albums, he gets to really let loose and talk intelligently about issues beyond the rap game. This is angry, vitriolic and shows Eminem at his absolute best, I love the contrast of his love for his daughter and his disdain for almost everything else and think Sing for the Moment is a wonderfully eloquent rebuke to the middle American critics who laid the blame for high school murders squarely at the door of Eminem and other controversial musicians, he puts his points across brilliantly and this album is possibly his smartest and most listenable whilst also being his most relevant. As an album this is one of the best in his entire collection, it is wildly varying from the Ho-Down music of Square Dance with its political attacks to Hailies Song where he sings beautifully about his love for his daughter. The album is angry and its almost a form of therapy as he talks about needing a break and seems to be getting all the anger out of his system. Cleanin out my closet is awesome and in the same league as the thumping 'Lose Yourself' while there are about 12 songs on the album which deserve recognition. The skits are not particularly great, or funny or charming but the album itself is one of the best rap albums of the early part of this decade. The album is available for 99p on Ebay or Amazon Market place and I would say that is one heck of a bargain. This review is on Ciao under the same name.
After two notable and successful albums, Eminem has become a huge household name, and with his third effort, The Eminem Show, he attempts to up the ante even more and show just how clever and daring he can be. Whilst this isn't as edgy as his previous album, and he seems to have gotten a little complacement, it's still a solid outing and has plenty of catchy and hilarious tracks on, as well as the requisite skits. The album begins with White America, a look at the pale underbelly of the US (no pun unintended!). Eminem's vocals are a lot more booming than usual here, but he soon enough dives into a scathing satire on the state of the country. We also have another great track later - Cleaning Out My Closet - in which Eminem talks about the turmoil with his mother and his struggle to be loved and recognised as a child. It was also remixed a few months later by Jacknife Lee to give it a rock backing. Without Me was also a hugely popular single, with Eminem professing ironically how his return is being hailed. He also skewers pop culture figures once again, from Moby to Elvis. If you can find the video on YouTube, that's definitely worth seeing if you want to see Eminem and Dr. Dre in Batman and Robin-style outfits. Sing for the Moment is another clever and more sedate song that also includes a sampling from Aerosmith song Dream On. Also, the last song is a pretty good one - My Dad's Gone Crazy, with a young girl, presumed to be his daughter, Hailie, claiming that her dad has, in fact, gone absolutely nuts. It's a cute song but also quite disturbing when you think about it. This isn't his finest hour by any means, but it's a solid outing with some great tracks, but not much that really approach his best work. Still, it should please fans, even if they might be a tad underwhelmed.
The Eminem Show by Eninem really is a fantastic album and has reached 8 x Platinum proving its popularity and quality. The album was released in 2002 and has been nominated for best rap album in 2003. This album was Eminem's first and really is of a very high standard. I orginally bought this album for around £15 in Virgin and you can now get it for just £5 from Amazon which really is an excellent deal. Of course The Enimen Show is of a rap genre and there are 20 tracks on the album which I found to be very impressive. I would say however, that the music may be found offensive by others and there is a lot of swearing in the tracks. Many of the albums contain (skits) which means that talking occurs before the track. I really liked how the album was very personal and it was all based on the truth of the storybehind Eminem that is Marshall Mathers. There are some excellent hits in this album such as White America and Cleaning out my closet amongst many other tracks. There really is a great selection available with this album which really is an advantage. It was Dr Dre who helped to produce this who is world renound for hip-hop albums. Overall I have found this album to be an excellent one and aside of the swearing I really would recommend this album. I think the quality of the music in general and the selection available really is fantastic and makes it well worth the money. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading.
The Eminem Show is the fourth album released by Eminem (Marshall Mathers). This album was released in 2002 and reveals a more personal side to Eminem. I have to this day, purchased almost every album produced by Eminem and just love his music and lyrics, as he tells things how they are, speaking his own mind. He has proved himself to be one of the all-time classic MC's and be advised that like all his music, there is explicit content. In this album, he talks about American and its government, his love for his daughter Hailie, as well as his childhood, hatred for his parents and his ex-wife, and insulting other well-known actors / singers. In this album, he displays a lot of anger and frustration, and also shows a comical side to him. If you are an Eminem fan and enjoy any of his other albums, I can recommend this album and say that it is worth listening to.
Having recently reviewed the Marshall Mathers LP I feel I can swiftly move onto another very good album by Marshall Mathers, more widely known by his nicknames Eminem or Slim Shady. This was Eminem's third commercial release and also his third straight album to win the best rap album Grammy and personally I feel this is fully justified, however the big question was whether he could match or even surpass the hugely popular and controversial Marshall Mathers LP. I will come back to this topic a little later. This album has been certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA and has sold over a highly respectably 19million albums worldwide. This is no mean feat and this shows that he is still a very popular artist and this album ranks at number 317 on the Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the top 500 albums of all time. It is not easy to get onto that list with many thousands of albums being released every year for as long as music has been produced so achieving a place in the top 500 is a great achievement. Like with his previous albums there are a few playful, more commercial tracks on this album. The first track released was 'Without Me', and this is one of his better commercial tracks. However the commercial tracks are not what attracts me towards Eminem's music, it is his more serious and personal side where he can use deep lyrics and integrate this with a catchy beat. I am glad to say this album is no exception and if anything it is even deeper than the Marshall Mathers LP. In answer the pre-mentioned question of whether this is better than his last album I would have to say No. This is however a very good album and there is a great mix of different type of tracks. I just feel that his last album was far more consistent and there were specific tracks like The Way I Am and Stan that just will be very hard for him to match. There are not really many too offensive tracks on this album like Kim and personally I can not say whether this is a good or bad thing as long as he keeps releasing quality music. I would not recommend buying this for young children however as strong language is still used and therefore this would not be suitable. This album is aimed towards at least teenagers and older. Eminem here does far more producing than ever before with the majority of tracks being produced single handed by himself. His long time friend and producer Dr. Dre also produces a few of the tracks and was also the executive producer on the album. My Fav Tracks ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cleaning'Out My Closet - This is a very personal track and one of my favourites on the album. The beat is slow but powerful and the main aspect is his lyrics here which definitely hit home with the listeners. It is all about starting a fresh and forgetting the sins of the past committed by himself and others. I highly recommend checking this track out first for any of those looking to purchase this album. What I will say though is that the Jack Knife Lee remix I actually find more enjoyable and it has a great rock remix in the background which definitely adds to the swinging emotion throughout this track. Hailie's Song - As you can imagine from the title this track was written for his daughter Hailie. It is a very sweet track about how we will always be there for her and this is one of the only tracks where Eminem attempts singing and includes this phrase in the intro of the track. He does a pretty good job, but gets back to his best in the final verse when he resorts to his rapping and provides his lyrical genius on his track for his daughter. I wouldn't advise her listening to it till she gets quite a bit older though as it is not the cleanest track he has done. Superman - Another one of his more playful track and one of my favourite tracks that he has experimented around with. This featured Dina Rae and is about the girls he has had in his life and is rumoured to be about a supposed relationship between him and Mariah Carey. I recommend checking out the video for it which can be found on the 8 mile DVD and on YouTube. It definitely can not be seen by a young audience and is therefore never on the commercial music channels. Sing For The Moment - Along with Cleanin' Out My Closet this is arguably my favourite track on the album and has a very catchy chorus. Saying this though Eminem himself does not sing the chorus with Steven Tyler from Aerosmith providing the vocals and it actually samples the track 'Dream On', by Aerosmith. In terms of lyrics this is some of Eminem's best work and he focuses on issues that other people have with his music and he makes the fair point that when someone commits an offence it is down to the offender and not Eminem's music that may happen to listen to. At the end of the day individuals are responsible for their own actions. Track List ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. Curtains Up (skit) 2. White America 3. Business 4. Cleanin' Out My Closet 5. Square Dance 6. The Kiss. 7. Soldier 8. Say Goodbye Hollywood 9. Drips 10. Without Me 11. Paul Rosenborg (skit) 12. Sing For The Moment 13. Superman 14. Haile's Song 15. Steve Berman (skit) 16. When The Music Stops 17. Say What You Say 18. Till I Collapse 19. My Dad's Gone Crazy 20. Curtains Close (skit)
This is eminems third album and probably my favourite of his. It deals with issues concerning him now that he is famous. He also gets on his soapbox a bit, as I suppose his position allows him too. He also raps about his relationship with his wife and daughter. In my opinion this is a much more mature outing and for that reason I connect with it much more. When I was younger, when this album came out I would play it constantly, it also had the added advantage of annoying my mum. White america blasts out of the speakers, like a pit bull. This is Eminems most political track to date, attacking the Bush administration and Racism in a way; "my skin is starting to work to my benefit now?", "lets do the math, if I was black i would have sold half". This is such a clever and powerful song. The second track is Business which is just awesome. Hes is talking, I think about the state of rap at the moment; "holy S**t unlyrical lyrics" says Em. Its a great multi layered track. What i notice most on this album is how forceful and clear Shadys' flow and delivery is, he has really matured and, I think reached his peak. Hailie's Song is a heartfelt song to his daughter, really affecting. My Dads Gone Crazy, is pure Eminem humour, really really witty. This whole album is really clever and powerful, his best work to date.
Shadys back.... again. You gotta love him. He's been Eminem, hes been Slim Shady, hes dressed up as god knows how many characters in his videos but this album is the first time we get to see a little of Marshall. Usually he seems to joke about everything to avoid seriousness but this album is a lot more mature than his others. I don't really know how to talk about this album without giving too much away. Anyone expecting the usual Eminem stuff is going to be very dissapointed (or very excited) as there are a lot of new sounds on this album. There is a lot more of Eminem, not nearly as many featuring artists as his earlier albums although there are tracks featuring Obie Trice, Dr Dre and Mashalls daughter Hailie Jade Mathers. There is also a track which features him singing which is a pleasent surprise to most fans as he has often said before that he cannot sing. But after hearing this track i totally disagree as i think his voice is fantastic. His voice has an amazingly haunting quality about it, a similar quality to Dido's voice. The lyrics are still obscene and there is no shortage of insults and explcit language. True to form, there is a lot in there about his wife (or is it ex- wife?), his daugher, father and mother. In fact, there is a whole song dedicated to his mother called "Cleanin out my closet" which features on the soundtrack of his first film, 8 Mile which is released this Autumn. There is a song dedicated to his daughter called "Hailes Song" and also a song which features Hailie called "My Dads gone Crazy". That is quite simply one of Eminems most excellent songs ever. There is a song about a cheating woman who gives her husand a sexually transmitted disease after cheating on him which i'm sure is aimed at his wife Kim. There are no references to wanting her dead on this album though. There is also an interesting twist to the traditional "Steve Berman" skit which he has on h is two previous albums. This album is a mix of very different sounds. There are songs with his usual bouncy, funny sound like the recently released hit "Without Me" and "Squaredance", as well as more serious slow sounds like "Superman" and "Hailies Song". Whether you have likes Eminems previous albums or not I recommmend this album to you as its Eminem but with some new and original material and sounds. I also recommend that anyone who decides to buy this splash out and order from Amazon so that you can get the limited edition version which i have been unable to find in shops. It only costs and extra couple of punds but it is worth a lot more as a DVD is included. It has trailers for his upcoming movie, 8 Mile, clips from concerts as well as his thoughts while recording the album, little messages for his fans and an episode of "The Slim Shady Show".
It has to be said that no matter how controversial Eminem is, he always records some excellent tracks that all combine to produce a remarkable album. This was demonstrated in ?The Slim Shady LP? and ?The Marshall Mathers LP? and so to it?s demonstrated in his latest release, ?The Eminem Show?. I commend Eminem on his magic creations of rap music but I have to criticise him on certain aspects of this and all of his albums. The inclusions of ?skits?. I don?t find them all that entertaining, an opinion that will receive certain mixed reception from readers of this op. So, down to the album. Just before I begin however I?ll get the annoying ?skits? out of the way. There are 5 ?skits? featured in ?The Eminem Show?. The first, titled ?Curtains up? features introduction music with the approach of footsteps, towards a microphone and then a cough. This lasts all of 29 seconds. But I suppose we all ought to be grateful it wasn?t ?another public service announcement?. The other ?skits? I?ll give you the pleasure of discovering. ?WHITE AMERICA? is the first track and it is a storming beginning. The top hit ?BUSINESS? then follows, where you will ?witness hip hop in its most purest?. Eminem then begins ?CLEANING OUT MY CLOSET? where he?s ?so sorry mama? and as you would imagine there are many skeletons in Eminem?s closet. You are then invited to ?let your hair down? and listen to ?SQUARE DANCE?. Eminem then turns to ?SOLDIER?. ?SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD? and ?DRIPS? (featuring Obie Trice) follow. Next on the bill is ?WITHOUT ME?, you?ve all heard it, and so do I need to discuss it? ?SING FOR THE MOMENT?, you all know that one too, don?t you? I don?t know what it is that Eminem has with comic book creations but he mentions batman and sings ?SUPERMAN? And when its not superman it?s Christopher Reeves? same thing. A dedication then comes, ?HALIE?S SONG? a whole song devoted to Halie, the daughter of Eminem (just in case you didn?t know). Now we enter the real to ugh songs, featuring the best of the rap world. ?WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS? featuring D-12, ?SAY WHAT YOU SAY?, featuring Dr Dre and ?TILL I COLLAPSE? featuring Nate Dogg. Ah! And then comes the last song, a real cute song, made so because it features Halie and the title says it all, ?MY DAD?S GONE CRAZY?. As Dr Dre as its Executive Producer ?The Eminem Show? is a very good album. The CD insert proves very helpful if you want to be just like Eminem. You can rap along to all of his songs using the printed lyrics and when your grandparents say ?Who on earth is this, it?s a load of old rubbish, you can?t hear a word his saying?. Hand them the lyrics- if you dare! I consider Eminem on parallel with Marmite. You either love him or hate him. Curtains close. ************ The Eminem Show (Aftermath/Shady Records) Executive Producer: Dr Dre Warning: this album contains Explicit Lyrics. (As if you wouldn?t have guessed) ****************
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Curtains Up
2 White America
4 Cleanin' Out My Closet
5 Square Dance
6 The Kiss
8 Say Goodbye Hollywood
9 Drips - Eminem, Obie Trice
10 Without Me
11 Paul Rosenberg
12 Sing For The Moment
13 Superman - Eminem, Dina Rae
14 Hailie's Song
15 Steve Berman
16 When The Music Stops - Eminem, D-12
17 Say What You Say - Eminem, Dr. Dre
18 'Till I Collapse - Eminem, Nate Dogg
19 My Dad's Gone Crazy - Eminem, Hailie Jade
20 Curtains Close