Curtain Call: The Hits [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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This retrospective, which arrives sporting a title that indicates there might actually be something to all those rumors about Mister Mathers bowing out of the rap world, does a mighty fine job of laying out the legacy he's created so far. The songs on Curtain Call, largely culled from Eminem's first two albums, showcase the blend of humor and menace that helped him fill arena mosh pits and prompt conservative groups to circle the wagons. Songs like the nose-thumbing "My Name Is" and "The Real Slim Shady" (flip sides of the same guessing-game coin he's so fond of tossing in the air) and "Stan" (one of the most genuinely creepy narratives to hit the airwaves in ages) ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This retrospective, which arrives sporting a title that indicates there might actually be something to all those rumors about Mister Mathers bowing out of the rap world, does a mighty fine job of laying out the legacy he's created so far. The songs on Curtain Call, largely culled from Eminem's first two albums, showcase the blend of humor and menace that helped him fill arena mosh pits and prompt conservative groups to circle the wagons. Songs like the nose-thumbing "My Name Is" and "The Real Slim Shady" (flip sides of the same guessing-game coin he's so fond of tossing in the air) and "Stan" (one of the most genuinely creepy narratives to hit the airwaves in ages) show both his flair for hairpin lyrical turns and his note-perfect comic timing. Those elements drift in and out of all of Em's offerings -- colliding head-on in "Without Me" -- making the tenth listen as arresting as the first. Curtain Call is punctuated with four never-before-released tracks -- highlighted by the Grammy show duet with Elton John (who took the Dido part on "Stan") and the groove-laden "Shake That" (which features a cameo by Nate Dogg). If this really is his final curtain call, Eminem can -- at the very least -- honestly echo Sinatra's claim that he did it his way.
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 deluxe edition containing a seven-track bonus CD, "Stan's Mixtape," that contains a couple of songs that did not make the finished album -- including "Kill You" and "Just Don't Give a Fuck" -- plus a couple of rarities and remixes.]
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Curtain Call is a solid summary of Eminem's transformation from hip-hop prankster with delicious anti-social tendencies...to caring father with melodramatic tendencies and self-serious rock star with stardom tendencies.

Curtain Call is a solid summary of Eminem's transformation from hip-hop prankster with delicious anti-social tendencies...to caring father with melodramatic tendencies and self-serious rock star with stardom tendencies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602498890844
  • Catalog Number: 794311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:33)
  2. 2 Fack (3:25)
  3. 3 The Way I Am (4:51)
  4. 4 My Name Is (4:28)
  5. 5 Stan (6:44)
  6. 6 Lose Yourself (5:26)
  7. 7 Shake That (4:34)
  8. 8 Sing for the Moment (5:40)
  9. 9 Without Me (4:51)
  10. 10 Like Toy Soldiers (4:55)
  11. 11 The Real Slim Shady (4:44)
  12. 12 Mockingbird (4:11)
  13. 13 Guilty Conscience (3:20)
  14. 14 Cleanin' out My Closet (4:58)
  15. 15 Just Lose It (4:08)
  16. 16 When I'm Gone (4:41)
  17. 17 Stan (6:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dead Wrong (4:59)
  2. 2 Role Model (3:26)
  3. 3 Kill You (4:26)
  4. 4 Shit on You (5:29)
  5. 5 Criminal (5:14)
  6. 6 Renegade (5:37)
  7. 7 Just Don't Give a Fuck (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist
Joe Perry Guitar, Soloist
Jeff Bass Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Luis Resto Keyboards
Mark Batson Keyboards
Tom Coster Jr. Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Sean Cruse Guitar
Mark Avery Narrator
Steve King Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
The 45 King & Louie Producer
Kid Rock Cut
Dr. Dre Composer, Audio Production
Anne Dudley Composer
Jeff Bass Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Kevin Bell Composer
Marti Frederiksen Guitar Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Trevor Horn Composer
Richard Huredia Engineer
Malcolm McLaren Composer
Ed Raso Engineer
Luis Resto Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Chuck Thompson Audio Production
Steven Tyler Composer
Mark Batson Composer
The 45 King Audio Production
Melvin Bradford Composer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Diddy Producer
Mauricio Iragorri Engineer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Tom Coster Jr. Composer
Mark Bass Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Chris Wallace Composer
Andre Young Composer
Dido Armstrong Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
A. Young Composer
Eminem Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Che Pope Composer
Roger Che Engineer
Mel-Man Composer, Audio Production
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Paul Herman Composer
Denaun Porter drum programming
Tony Campana Engineer
Nathaniel Hale Composer
Sarah Catlett Studio Coordinator
Lindsay Collins Studio Coordinator
Dennis Dennehy Publicity
Mario "Yellow Man" Winans Producer
Steve King Composer, Engineer
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