Curtain Call: The Hits [Clean] [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602498878941
  • Catalog Number: 000588202
  • Sales rank: 24,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Name Is (0:33)
  2. 2 The Way I Am (4:28)
  3. 3 Stan (6:44)
  4. 4 Lose Yourself (5:26)
  5. 5 Shake That (4:34)
  6. 6 Sing for the Moment (5:40)
  7. 7 Without Me (4:51)
  8. 8 Like Toy Soldiers (4:55)
  9. 9 The Real Slim Shady (4:44)
  10. 10 Mockingbird (4:11)
  11. 11 Guilty Conscience (3:20)
  12. 12 Cleanin' out My Closet (4:58)
  13. 13 Just Lose It (4:08)
  14. 14 When I'm Gone (4:41)
  15. 15 Stan (6:20)
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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 Jr. Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Steve King Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
The 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
The 45 King Audio Production
Steve Baughman Engineer
Mauricio Iragorri Engineer
Tom Coster Jr. 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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