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Curtain Call

Eminem

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Album Review

If Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits really is his final bow and not merely a clever denouement to his series of Eminem Show and Encore albums, it's a worthy way to retire. And even if he stages a comeback years from now, there's little question that the first five years of his career, spanning four albums plus a soundtrack, will be his popular and creative peak, meaning that the time is right for Curtain Call — it has all the songs upon which his legend lies. Which isn't necessarily the same things as all the hits. There are a few odds and ends missing — most notably one of his first hip-hop hits, "Just Don't Give a F***," plus 2003's "Superman" and 2005's "A*s Like That" — but all the big songs are here: "Guilty Conscience," "My Name Is," "Stan," "The Real Slim Shady," "The Way I Am," "Cleanin' Out My Closet," "Lose Yourself," "Without Me" and "Just Lose It." They're not presented in chronological order, which by and large isn't a problem, since the sequencing here not only has a good, logical momentum, alternating between faster and slower tracks, but they're all part of a body of work that's one of the liveliest, most inventive in pop music in the 21st century. The only exception to the rule are the three new songs here, all finding Shady sounding somewhat thin. There's the closing "When I'm Gone," a sentimental chapter in the Eminem domestic psychodrama that bears the unmistakable suggestion that Em is going away for a while. While it's not up to the standard of "Mockingbird," it is more fully realized than the two other new cuts here, both sex songs that find Shady sounding as if he's drifting along in his own orbit. "Shake That" has an incongruous Nate Dogg crooning the chorus, while the wildly weird "Fack" finds Eminem spending the entire track fighting off an orgasm; it seems tired, a little too close to vulgar Weird Al territory, and it doesn't help that his Jenna Jameson reference seems a little old (everybody knows that the busty porno "It" girl of 2005 is Jesse Jane; after all, she even was in Entourage). Even if these three cuts suggest why Eminem is, if not retiring, at least taking a long break, that's fine: they're reasonably good and are bolstered by the rest of the songs here, which don't just capture him at his best, but retain their energy, humor, weirdness, and vitality even after they've long become overly familiar. And that means Curtain Call isn't just a good way to bow out, but it's a great greatest-hits album by any measure.

Customer Reviews

Curtains Down but you'll still live on

He has been through so much, seen so much, been so many places, made so many records... is it really "The End"? I, a long time fan, hope not. But if it really is the end, then i wish him well. I rate this album 5 stars because his work has always been the best, and this album is his best work. My personal favourites are "FACK" because it's something...DIFFERENT from other rap songs (but since when has Eminem done the same as everyone else?), "Shake That" and"Stan" with Elton John. The work he has done over the years has been an inspiration for a lot of people. I talk to people in my school who are also fans of Mr. Mathers, and they said that Shady has helped them. Eminem talks of his mother and drugs, where I have friends who are like that. They listen to Eminem's music and take courage knowing someone as famous as him went through the same thing they are currently going through.How many rappers could say that they have helped people through their songs? So, if this is the farewell, I will now say goodluck Shady, Hailie, Lainie, Kim and everyone else he has ever shouted out to. See Ya Shaaady!

Eminem will never die!

I have been an eminem fan for years, got all his albums and when "Encore" came out I thought ok he's over, I was wrong. He has so many hits and I love "When I'm Gone" it's pretty much tellin a story of his life! Anyway Love Ya Work.

GREAT GREAT GREAT!

this is a freaking great cd

Biography

Born: 17 October 1972 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation — rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside — and thanks to his mentor Dr. Dre,...
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