Curtain Call: The Hits [Clean]

Curtain Call: The Hits [Clean]

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by Eminem
     
 

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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 fourSee more details below

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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 Fuck," plus 2003's "Superman" and 2005's "Ass 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 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, it's a great greatest-hits album by any measure. [Curtain Call was also released in a "clean" edition containing no profanity.]

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Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Kevin Johnson
[Grade: B] "Curtain Call" provides a quick reminder of why Eminem is among the most respected and revealing hip-hop artists.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2005
Label:
Aftermath
UPC:
0602498878941
catalogNumber:
000588202
Rank:
26838

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist,Rap
Elton John   Vocals
Joe Perry   Solo Instrumental
Dr. Dre   Rap
Jeff Bass   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Dido   Vocals
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Nate Dogg   Rap
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

45 King & Louie   Producer
Dr. Dre   Composer,Audio Production
Anne Dudley   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Kevin Bell   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Trevor Horn   Composer
Malcolm McLaren   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer
45 King   Audio Production
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Tom Coster   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Andre Young   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
A. Young   Composer
Eminem   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Che Pope   Composer
Mel-Man   Audio Production
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer
Tony Campana   Engineer
Nathaniel Hale   Composer
Sarah Catlett   Studio Coordinator
Lindsay Collins   Studio Coordinator
Steve King   Composer,Engineer

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