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The Eminem Show
The Eminem Show
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potential for raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on The Eminem Show's first track. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the rec...  more »


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All Artists: Eminem
Title: The Eminem Show
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 5/26/2002
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: Gangsta & Hardcore, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 606949329020

Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potential for raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on The Eminem Show's first track. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the record was exec produced by longtime mentor and partner Dr. Dre), "White America" finds Eminem ferociously mauling the hand that feeds him, lambasting his critics, the industry, and the racism that, in many ways, helped make Marshall Mathers more than just another rapper. "Let's do the math," Em sneers, "If I was black I would have sold half/ I could be one of your kids/ Little Eric looks just like this." After the bombast of The Marshall Mathers LP and Eminem's well-noted use of sexual epithets, this kind of material is made more controversial because it actually rings true. From a brutal retort to his long-estranged and equally troubled mother ("Cleaning Out My Closets") to a surprisingly tender ode to his child ("Hailie's Song"), Eminem examines his life, loves, arrests, addictions, failures, and successes with surprising insight, making this a funk-drenched hip-hop confessional well worth the hype. --Amy Linden

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Luella P. (EssentiallyEclectic) from DENVER, CO
Reviewed on 12/27/2014...
Brings me right back to being a teenager again. He has a point to what he's saying and it ties in to the rebellion of the time and now too still. Music is catchy even if there is a fair amount of profanity.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kelly V. from WEST PALM BCH, FL
Reviewed on 8/9/2010...
I ordered this cd,because it had many of the songs from his previous albums along with ones that weren't.One of my favorite songs,particular to this album,is(say goodbye hollywood)which I first heard on the soundtrack to one of my favorite movies as I was watching it.This album is a must for eminem fans!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sabrinia P. (DreamADreamWithU) from LINDEN, VA
Reviewed on 3/7/2007...
A great cd if you enjoy his form of music - there is a lot of cursing! But I've enjoyed it I am hoping you will too!
Christina B. from WATERLOO, IA
Reviewed on 10/10/2006...
If you are a big Eminem fan-you'll love it. Even big fans will love it.

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The last great Eminem album...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 08/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While `Recovery' may be his comeback (and it's quite a comeback), `The Eminem Show' is clearly the last `great' album Eminem dropped. From thought provoking yet playful lyrics to slick beats that lace his determined delivery, this album has rarely a dull moment. Sure, it contains one of his single worst songs (`Drips'), but it also contains a slew of his best.

The album opens with a string of strength, starting with `White America'. The song is targeted at, but not limited to, the political embarrassments that surrounded our country around the time the album was dropped. With a fiery delivery that shows true passion for his themes, Eminem defies the stigma that surrounds the genre and shows that he has logical teeth behind his words (he's shown that before, but it's always nice to be reminded). `Business' follows with a funky beat that gives Eminem a nice backdrop for his clownish lyrics. It's not the best track on the album, and it's certainly not the best of Eminem's playful tracks, but it kind of gets everything right. `Cleanin' Out My Closet' brings us back to a more serious place, delivering one of Eminem's best tracks to date. Eminem takes us back to his childhood and uncovers more about his turbulent relationship with his mother. The picture he paints is grim, yet it is lathered with pure style. `Square Dance' jumps back to a more playful tone (yet it certainly retains a more serious edge with its lyrical content) and it does so flawlessly. This one has always been one of my favorites on the album. The beat is sick and the rhymes are tightly structured around the infectious beat.

And then you have `Soldier', which is like one of the best rap songs of the decade. The track is perfect, containing one of the best beats on the album and the way Eminem struts his swagger, slinging verbal assaults like it was dirt in your eye; it just all screams authentic angst which helps sell this as one of the more poignant tracks on the album. The anger here is perfectly situated to elevate the track into something so dark it feels raw and real. Unlike the times when Eminem tries to make his murderistic (yes I made that word up for this review) rampages seem playful or humorous, Eminem shrugs humor to the side and delivers something unlike him yet completely comfortable.

He's far more than just a one-trick pony.

Reminiscent of his previous releases, there is that one track that became his first single and gathered him boatloads of attention once again; this time it was `Without Me'. The track is hilarious and fun and certainly in line with `The Real Slim Shady' and `My Name Is'. I actually prefer `Superman', which is a hilarious parody of all those ridiculously perverse love songs that circulate the airwaves.

The later half of the album contains a few tracks that really deserve to be singled out. `Sing for the Moment' is one of Eminem's better tracks to use samples. The Aerosmith sampling is perfectly suited for the song and it elevates Eminem's message. `When the Music Stops' is insanely fierce from start to finish. `Till I Collapse' is also very strong, and Nate Dogg's chorus lines give the song an almost vintage feel. I love his voice and the way he lends a touch of class to every track he inhabits. `My Dad's Gone Crazy' is a great way to close out the album. Having Hallie on the track seems a tad odd, especially when you consider the things he says in this song, but it's a playful song that is slathered with humor, so don't take this track too seriously.

It's just fun.

`Say Goodbye to Hollywood' and `Hallie's Song' have their moments, but they don't quite get it completely. Still, they are nice additions and don't feel like filler here. In fact, the only track I didn't really care for (outside of the abomination that was `Drips') was `Say What U Say', Eminem's collaboration with Dr. Dre. It just lacks the real spark that comes from Shady's music. It felt like a rejected Dre track, not a refurbished Eminem track.

Alas, the album as a whole is close to genius. He proves here that despite his vulgar use of words deemed inappropriate, he cannot be defined by his controversial take on life. By toning himself down here, Eminem shows us that there is a great deal of talent behind those offensive slurs, developing an album reflective of where he was in his rise to fame. I love that he is back in the game, and I can't wait to see where he goes now. If he can top this album then we'll be looking at one of the greatest rappers to ever set foot in the game, but then again, I think he's already achieved that title."