The Eminem Show
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
the controversy, lawsuits, and drama seemed to have settled, Eminem
drops his latest bomb, The Eminem Show to stir things back
up. But there is a clear separation from his previous albums.
Show is exactly what its title suggests, an insight into Marshall
Mather's mind. Extremely self-centered, The album reflects on
the events that have impacted Eminem's life; his broken home ("Cleaning
Out My Closet"), fame and popularity ("Say Goodbye Hollywood"
and "When The Music Stops"), his relationship with his
ex-wife Kim, and his status in the music industry ("Say What
impression on his life is expressed in a heartfelt song for his
daughter ("Hailie's Song") on which he sings his love,
and is reminiscent of his last rap ballad
"Stan" from The Marshall Mathers LP. "Hailie's
Song" truly makes the listener experience Marshall's feelings
of happiness for the blessing of his daughter are true and deep.
make himself the only target on "The Eminem Show", however.
He still squeezes in his shots on who he thinks deserves it, blasting
America for it's hypocrisy ("White America"), and his
critics ("Without Me"). Unfortunately this is where
Eminem's ignorance is evident, ripping on the likes of Moby who
still produces influential music (and it's not techno, like Eminem
he is still one the best rappers around, and the production from
Dr. Dre parallels his skills. But over the course of the The
Eminem Show a little repetitiveness comes through. The idea
that Eminem is strong, a soldier of sorts, is a common theme on
tracks like "Squaredance," "Soldier," and
"Till I Collapse."
The Eminem Show is the best album as a whole put forth
by Eminem thus far. It will keep you bobbing your head and leave
catchy refrains in your memory. If you question whether you like
Eminem or not, "The Eminem Show" will sway you towards
being a fan.
liked The Eminem Show...
Curtains Up (skit)
2. White America
4. Cleanin' Out My Closet
6. The Kiss (skit)
8. Say Goodbye Hollywood
10. Without Me
11. Paul Rosenberg (skit)
12. Sing For The Moment
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 (skit)