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5.0 out of 5 stars as described
the cd was in perfect condition nothing bad to say about this purchase. and for less than 5$ i think it was a great deal
Published 22 months ago by nix6969
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm
It seems like Eminem has just fallen down the path of all rappers now rapping about the same topics as all other rappers out there. What happend to rappin' bout' shrooms, etc. on his first album? Quite the shame that someone so different and revolutionairy conformed only 3 albums into his fading career.
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Adam
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL DEAL:,
gets,you can't help but be bombarded with his overly publicized,scrutized very public profile.After becoming a househould name and the (mostly white)
press' poster boy for "bad behavior" with his multi-platinum 2000 opus "The Marshall Mathers LP",Eminem comes back to stir up more "controversy" with his followup,"The Eminem Show".
Now I know that surburban kids and even many real hip hop heads are going to applaud this album but the real deal with "The Eminem Show" is that it's no real "Show"-stopper...
This album is rather dull,predictable,and redundant.Never have I seen a hardcore hip hop album so blantantly targeted to white,
Eminem tries to play with the issues of race and the government
Now I'll give Eminem props by saying that "Show" is very well-produced but what's the point when the rhymes are so redundant
So yes,that's the deal,Mr. Mathers is out to swear his way to the bank(which he's already done,considering that this album sold a million copies in it's first full week of release) and unnerve the establishment but instead in reality,"The Eminem Show" is basically a stale,repetitive,un-shocking bore.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EMINEM SHOW!!!,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EMINEM SHOW!!!,
By A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Conaway is out of his mind,
This review is from: The Eminem Show (Audio CD)If you want to keep hearing Eminem's hilarious lyrics and biting social commentary, get this. If you want to hear the boring, derivative Dre-produced "phat beats" of the first CD, get a Dre CD. This album is musically years ahead of all of Eminem's other work. Some of the reviewers say the lyrics are just re-hashed, to which I say "bull feathers". Sure, there's the occasional mandatory cliche-filled sex ballad, but they're still done humorously. Don't think the whole CD's about the same things as before just because you heard the first single and first couple tracks. Really, the only thing I didn't like was the skits. Ken Kaniff's appearance was nowhere near as funny as it should have been, since his skits on the first two CD's are gut-bustingly hilarious and he was missing on D-12's album. "The Kiss" is pretty funny but should have been a whole song, like "Kim". If it would have replaced the only track I skip, (Say What You Say...blah, Dre is boring even if he helped Eminem get where he is now) this would be a 5-star CD.
3.0 out of 5 stars Curtains Open...,
By A Customer
Controversial figures in music never last long. The same thing going on with Eminem was the same thing that went on with Marilyn Manson, who released "Anti Christ Superstar" in 1996 with a slew of controversy following right behind it. Then came back two years later with an album that marked the end of his reign as the controversial music figure of the moment.
But just as "The Marshall Mathers LP." went straight to the top, so has "The Eminem Show". The album opens up with the powerful and brutally honest track, "White America" and explains why the MC has been so successful. Even though Eminem might appear to you as a crazy, homicidal maniac who bashes his mom and (ex) wife, it is clear he's held onto his grip of reality.
Then we see the first weak point of the album, "Business" where Eminem sounds so lazy and tired that it comes off like a bad studio session. The beat is trademark Eminem. Goofy, poppy, silly and annoying after the first few listens.
Although Eminem quickly rescues the album with the next two brilliant tracks, "Cleanin Out My Closet" and "Square Dance". We've all heard the hype about "Cleanin Out My Closet", and after Eminem's countless stories about being mistreated as a child, you'll begin to wonder who you really feel sorry for. The mother who received this lyrical attack or Eminem for being pushed so far as to make this song. On the other hand, "Square Dance" is just another silly Eminem track with a BRILLIANT line about 9/11 and The Navy that will leave you amazed.
The next skit, and two songs launch right back into Eminem dragging you into his personal life. "The Kiss" reinacts a particular incident in the summer of 2000 that involved his wife Kim, and a bouncer at a club she was attending. "Soldier" also touches on the same subject, as well as "Goodbye To Hollywood" which also touches on a lawsuit Eminem faced by pulling a gun on an associate of The Insane Clown Posse.
The album hits another downfall. "Drips" featuring new Shady Records act, Obie Trice who is getting annoying fast. SKIP! Next is the single, "Without Me" which is so blatantly targeted towards the radio in hopes to cause controversy for the album that it might sound out of place on a rather personal album. The same reason it gets really old really fast. It's humorous and fun, but Eminem's best work was NEVER represented with his obvious "let's do a pop tracks just to sell the album" songs.
After a huge downfall Eminem picks the album up again from slight doom. "Sing For The Moment" is this album's "Stan" which samples Aerosmith's "Dream On" perfectly. The lyrics are so personal, meaningful and touching to anyone who can relate to them. It's a stand out and a masterpiece.
Another downfall. "Superman" is boring and pointless. Corny sex songs haven't been entertaining in a long while. I skip this mostly every time. Talk about killing the mood WAY too much. But following this song is a plesent suprise. An ode to his daughter that expresses everything he feels about her while maybe politely giving the finger to critics who pre-judged him as being a bad father by songs like "Bonnie And Clyde" and "Kim". Even though Eminem REALLY isn't a talented "singer" (which he points out in the beginning), it's very admirable that he would put a song like this out, leaving the people who wrote him off as a juvenile, publicity seeking moron scratching their heads at this moving tribute and asking "Who's the real Marshall Mathers?!" Much like the comedian Andy Kaufman who Em is an admitted fan of (the front and back cover even resembles the "Man On The Moon" movie cover), we'll never know.
Skip the Steven Berman skit. These are really getting old. "When The Music Stops" brings in Em's Detroit crew D12 and personally gets me hype for the next D12 album dropping next year. "What You Say" rips Jermaine Dupri. What makes this track even more enjoyable is that even before "The Eminem Show" dropped, Jermaine released an embarassing comback that's just laughable. The battle was over with this song. Dre comes off tight on this song even though it's clear his verse was ghost written.
"Till I Collapse" is a DOPE song! Eminem rips it with tight multi sylable lyrics while Nate Dogg on the chorus compliments it even more. It's a perfect combo. Whenever you bring Nate in to do the chorus, it's certain success. The album closes with "My Dad's Gone Crazy". Another ode to his daughter which is slightly more disturbing. With threats of blowing everything except Afganistan off the map, calling out Laura and George Bush, and opening with Eminem doing drugs in front of his daughter, it's typical humor expressed on Eminem's mainstream debut, "The Slim Shady LP." At the present time, news has broken out that Eminem is being targeted by terrorists for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden in his "Without Me" video and with this song as well as the opening track, probably landing him in deep trouble with the government.
Although it's not as good as the first two albums, and maybe not even as good as his two underground EP.'s, it is a pleasing follow up to "The Marshall Mathers LP." and shows us yet another side to Marshall Mathers. Who's multiple personalities will provide us with even more sides to the man as well as more entertainment to keep us interested for a long time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good effort from Slim,
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing,
This review is from: The Eminem Show (Audio CD)This is the first Eminem CD I have bought/listened to and I am so glad I did. I'm more of a pop girl (I personally find his little digs at Nysnc to be absolutely hysterical as they are my fav. boy band) but this CD blows me away. I can't give a full review as I have only gotten to song 12 on it no matter how many times I listen to it, its guaranteed someone will stop me as song 13 comes on. Its become a running joke with me, actually. But I can tell you that tracks 1-12 are simply amazing.
White America is wonderful. I think he hits the nail right on the head with his lyrics. The second track is by far my favorite in terms of whimsical openings; the Batman/Robin skit makes me laugh every time I hear it and that's impressive considering how often I've listened to this CD on my eternal quest to get past song 12. Cleaning Out My Closet is so poignant it almost makes me cry. The absolute confusion that comes across is outstanding. Even the pistol whipping skit is amusing in its our exaggerated way. I love song 5 and of course Without Me is why I bought it. The only track I don't much care for is song 9. There's just something about it.
I'm skipping some tracks but other reviewers have gone into much greater detail so you should get the picture easily regardless of whether I go through them or not.
I think this CD is truly one of the best I have ever bought. I don't know much about Eminem but this CD makes me want to go out and buy his other ones.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Deep,
I can honestly admitt, I hated Eminem. Though I'm not gay, jewish or a lesbian, I felt bad for these groups of people because he was making them feel terrible about their lifestyles. His lyrical content was terrible, it was all comical & fictional and he never really discussed the problems that surronded him everyday. But Eminem surprised millions, when he dropped -=The Eminem Show=- an emotionally deep and surprising release which dealt with his insecurities, family problems, life in the lime light and the demons that constantly surrond him, which makes out for his best material.
The Nate Dogg laced "Till I Colapse" is easily the albums best track. With Eminem dropping his clever trademark lyrics over a "get-up-and-dance beat", the song is guarrenteed to be a smash. His wordplay on "Without Me" is welcomed as well, and is another party track that easily out does his previous singles, which lacked substance and direction. But these songs are ones that you would expect on an Eminem album, its the "out of place" tracks that really allow Marshall to shine.
"Hallies Song" a track where Eminem flexes his singing talents is absolutely amazing. The track is so personal and Eminem really surprises me with this lyrics which are hand written beautifully. Another surprise track was "Cleaning out my Closet" where he finally confronts the issues with his mother and explains why he has reacted the way he did. He also talks about Kim without going down is imaginative psychotic path and just sticking to the facts.
With Britney & Christina bashing aside, Marshall Mathers has been able to step outside his role as america's most hated white bred, and speak out about the issues that have plagued his career since he first grabbed the microphone on his first album. (Considering "The Slim Shady LP" the first because the underground albums weren't nationally released.) I am proud of Eminem for doing this album, and can say that he really shut me up. The album's a surprisingly progressive step for someone from whom so little was expected.
5.0 out of 5 stars Abrasive and Rude... But Utterly Compelling,
This review is from: The Eminem Show (Audio CD)Eminem's albums have always been compelling for me, just because he does not have any qualms about offending anyone and everyone. Like "Marshall Mathers LP" and "Slim Shady LP", this latest release features the tight production work of Dr. Dre. To say the least, Dre's contributions to Eminem's career is immense. The first single "Without Me" is one of the most infectious tracks on the album, and perhaps unintentionally, invokes both "The Real Slim Shady" and "My Name Is" with its bouncy bassline, and Eminem's deliberate cartoonish delivery. Other, more serious, potential jams include "Cleaning out my closet", "Superman", "Say goodbye Hollywood" and "When the music stops". As on his first 2 albums, there is a song dedicated to his daughter here, "Hallie's song", a sweet lullaby-type ballad for which "97 Bonnie and Clyde" is the evil counterpart. On the album's best track "White America", Eminem raps about racism in America, and it very well ranks as his most compelling recorded song yet. My favorite track on the album though, is the funky and upbeat "Business", which I predict will be a massive hit at the clubs. Overall, this album is a highly-polished affair that is surely meant to replicate the multi-platinum success of his last 2 albums, as well as to (ironically) appeal to the teen set, and to rule over MTV's "TRL". Even though as his lyrics suggest, Eminem really hates boy bands like N Sync and Backstreet Boys, he will probably be remembered best as a pretty white boy rapper who could well have fit right in with N Sync (as the MC), if they ever had one. :) Don't hate me, Em. You are still my dawg. You have created an album that I think is the most compelling and entertaining record of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 5 stars! Just don't diss me in your next record!
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