One of the best selling artists of all time, Marshall Bruce Matters III aka Eminem has made quite an impression on rap music and music in general. Eminem released some great and very successful albums, sold millions and won many awards. It surprised many when he decided to take a break and perhaps even end his music career so soon. Released back in 2005 this Greatest Hits covering Eminem's career, Curtain Call, was called that way because it could very well have been the final Curtain Call for Em. Since then Eminem has gone on to produce other artists and he's recently made a comeback in 2009 with album Relapse, Relapse: Refill and more recently in 2010, Recovery. Curtain Call is great compilation of Eminem's career up until that point; it includes the hits, lesser-known songs and 3 new ones. The casual fan will be happy to know that just about every single hit up to that point is included, songs like "My Name Is", "Stan", "The Real Slim Shady", "Without Me" and "Just Loose It" are all covered here. The hardcore fan will be happy to know that Curtain Call also features a version of "Stan" performed live in 2001 with Elton John, new songs and "Lose Yourself" from the 8 Miles soundtrack, great additions I must say.
Those looking just for the hits and a few songs they like will be satisfied with this if they want to remember some of Eminem's older work. What worked with Curtain Call is that there were three new songs on it, and good ones. I thought "Shake That" was pretty good but I'd say "When I'm Gone" was the best out of three and it was a big hit, it's a touching and reflective song for Em. The hits are here, there's extra songs and it mixes all well together, Curtain Calls is a very good compilation of Eminem's career up to that point. 4 stars.