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Barnes & Noble - Ron Hart
On his third consecutive gem, Eminem taps into his Detroit Rock City roots and unleashes his inner White Panther, delivering his most abrasive collection of songs to date. The Eminem Show, produced largely by Em himself, finds the formerly Shady one letting go of the cartoonish thump he perfected with Dr. Dre in favor of a grittier sound befitting an artist who shares a hometown with Iggy Pop and the MC5. What hasn't changed, however, are his venomous lyrical assaults, and along with his perennial targets (his mom and his ex), new casualties include hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick, dance music wiz Moby, and Vice President Dick Cheney's wife. And...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ron Hart
On his third consecutive gem, Eminem taps into his Detroit Rock City roots and unleashes his inner White Panther, delivering his most abrasive collection of songs to date. The Eminem Show, produced largely by Em himself, finds the formerly Shady one letting go of the cartoonish thump he perfected with Dr. Dre in favor of a grittier sound befitting an artist who shares a hometown with Iggy Pop and the MC5. What hasn't changed, however, are his venomous lyrical assaults, and along with his perennial targets (his mom and his ex), new casualties include hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick, dance music wiz Moby, and Vice President Dick Cheney's wife. And while fans are accustomed to Mr. Mathers bashing both public and private citizens, mixed in with the latest chapters in his screed is some of the most candidly raw rhetoric of his short but momentous career. Tracks such as "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and the ballad "Hailie's Song," where Em makes a noble yet off-kilter attempt at singing, are examples of the artist's ever-intensifying reality theater, while "White America" and "Till I Collapse" display his newfound mastery of rap-rock fusion. Although they'll probably receive the most hype, "Sing for the Moment," a remake of the Aerosmith lighter anthem "Dream On," and the lead single, "Without Me," pale in comparison to show-stoppers such as the swinging "Square Dance" and "My Dad's Gone Crazy," quite possibly the funniest song in the Em canon. Forget the real Slim Shady -- The Eminem Show presents the real Eminem standing up front-and-center.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's all about the title. First time around, Eminem established his alter ego, Slim Shady -- the character who deliberately shocked and offended millions, turning Eminem into a star. Second time at bat, he turned out The Marshall Mathers LP, delving deeper into his past while revealing complexity as an artist and a personality that helped bring him an even greater audience and much, much more controversy. Third time around, it's The Eminem Show -- a title that signals that Eminem's public persona is front and center, for the very first time. And it is, as he spends much of the album commenting on the media circus that dominated on his life ever since the release of Marshall Mathers. This, of course, encompasses many, many familiar subjects -- his troubled childhood; his hatred of his parents; his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife, Kim including the notorious incident when he assaulted a guy who allegedly kissed her -- the event that led to their divorce; his love of his daughter, Hailie; and, of course, all the controversy he generated, notably the furor over his alleged homophobia and his scolding from Lynne Cheney, which leads to furious criticism about the hypocrisy of America and its government. All this is married to a production very similar to that of its predecessor -- spare, funky, fluid, and vibrant, punctuated with a couple of ballads along the way. So, that means The Eminem Show is essentially a holding pattern, but it's a glorious one -- one that proves Eminem is the gold standard in pop music in 2002, delivering stylish, catchy, dense, funny, political music that rarely panders apart from a power ballad "Dream On" rewrite on "Sing for the Moment" and maybe the sex rap "Drips," that is. Even if there is little new ground broken, the presentation is exceptional -- Dre never sounds better as a producer than when Eminem pushes him forward witness the stunning oddity "Square Dance," a left-field classic with an ominous waltz beat and, with three albums under his belt, Eminem has proven himself to be one of the all-time classic MCs, surprising as much with his delivery as with what he says. Plus, the undercurrent of political anger -- not just attacking Lynne Cheney, but raising questions about the Bush administration -- gives depth to his typical topics, adding a new, spirited dimension to his shock tactics as notable as the deep sentimental streak he reveals on his odes to his daughter. Perhaps the album runs a little too long at 20 songs and 80 minutes and would have flowed better if trimmed by 25 minutes, but that's a typical complaint about modern hip-hop records. Fact is, it still delivers more great music than most of its peers in rock or rap, and is further proof that Eminem is an artist of considerable range and dimension.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
In many ways The Eminem Showdoesn't need a review, because the thin-skinned Eminem offers his own running commentary on the album, with lyrics like "my insecurities could eat me alive." He rates his own vocal prowess when he tries to sing a ballad in "Hailie's Song": "I can't sing," he says at the end of the track. "Oh well, I tried." On the album's first song, "White America," he analyzes the phenomenon that is himself, theorizing that suburban teenagers connected with him because he looked like them, which worried parents.
Rolling Stone
The Eminem Show, which he largely produced himself, is proof of an evolved Eminem. More than ever, he's an artist in control of his skills and his persona, and ready for the controversy that follows him closer than a pack of groupies. As he raps in "Without Me," "The FCC won't let me be and let me be me/ So let me see/ They tried to shut me down on MTV, but it feels so empty without me." Anthony Bozza
MTV News
Many of the tracks on The Eminem Show were primarily self-produced, resulting in an LP that sounds more rock than g-funk. And unlike The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show finds its star dealing with more reality-based, beleaguering topics, though the three main ladies in his life -- his mother, his ex-wife and his daughter, Hailie -- are once again the centerpieces. The disc's limited edition features a bonus DVD. Shaheem Reid

In many ways The Eminem Showdoesn't need a review, because the thin-skinned Eminem offers his own running commentary on the album, with lyrics like "my insecurities could eat me alive." He rates his own vocal prowess when he tries to sing a ballad in "Hailie's Song": "I can't sing," he says at the end of the track. "Oh well, I tried." On the album's first song, "White America," he analyzes the phenomenon that is himself, theorizing that suburban teenagers connected with him because he looked like them, which worried parents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2002
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949329020
  • Catalog Number: 493290
  • Sales rank: 2,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curtains Up (0:29)
  2. 2 White America (5:24)
  3. 3 Business (4:11)
  4. 4 Cleanin Out My Closet (4:57)
  5. 5 Square Dance (5:23)
  6. 6 The Kiss (1:15)
  7. 7 Soldier (3:46)
  8. 8 Say Goodbye Hollywood (5:03)
  9. 9 Drips (4:45)
  10. 10 Without Me (4:50)
  11. 11 Paul Rosenberg (0:22)
  12. 12 Sing for the Moment (5:39)
  13. 13 Superman (5:50)
  14. 14 Hailie's Song (5:20)
  15. 15 Steve Berman (0:33)
  16. 16 When the Music Stops (4:28)
  17. 17 Say What You Will (5:09)
  18. 18 'Till I Collapse (4:57)
  19. 19 My Dad's Gone Crazy (4:27)
  20. 20 Curtain's Close (1:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Joe Perry Guitar
Jeff Bass Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Luis Resto Keyboards
Barbara Wilson Background Vocals
Conesha Owens Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Traci Nelson Background Vocals
Dina Rae Background Vocals
Ron Feemster Keyboards
Shy Felder Background Vocals
Paul D. Rosenberg Track Performer
Steve King Guitar, Keyboards, Voiceover
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Producer, Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Composer
Jeff Bass Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Kevin Bell Composer
Marti Frederiksen Guitar Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Trevor Horn Composer
Malcolm McLaren Composer
Luis Resto Composer
Steven Tyler Composer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Timbaland Contributor
Mark Bass Executive Producer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg Composer
Andre Young Composer
Eminem Composer, Producer
N. Hale Composer
Jason Noto Art Direction
Marshall Mathers Composer
DJ Head Producer, drum programming
Denaun Porter Producer, drum programming
Obie Trice Composer
Ron Feemster Composer
R. Arthur Johnson Composer
Steve King Composer, Engineer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem Show

    Eminem has done it again! This album is by far his best. The way Em describes his feelings towards Kim and Hailie, among others, is phenomonal. This album let's every listener get a feeling of Eminem's everyday life. What he goes through, how he's felt about his family, how he grew up and made it big. The lyrics for every song give one a very big slice of the Real Slim Shady's heart and life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem Show

    Eminem is at his best here. The songs included in this album explain Em's complicated life by far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting

    I was young once, loved the rebellious music, i grew out of it, but this guy I still listen to this is my only rap album i have left and the only one i still like

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Show That Doesn't Disappoint

    Wow! Need I say more? I had never listened to a rap album before, my kids wanted to buy this so I took a listen. Now, I'm a fan, just like "Stan". Eminem is genius.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this album stinks eminem is not talented he is trash and filth!!!!!!!!!!

    this album stinks eminem stinks as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Holy

    Wow, Eminem used to be o.k. he had a very unique debut album that got lots of publicity, and then as it happens to about every rapper, he lost his talent and now he sucks. It seems that he raps or uhh... try's to rap alot about his daughter and his mom. If you want to listen to good detroit rap listen to Esham, Natas, or Mastamind(mastermind).

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Eminem Show

    "The Eminem Show" is a good CD with a variety of diffferent songs. I like this CD becuase Em Raps about things that other rappers don't. He talks about real life, and makes the situations funny. He has talent, and really shows it in this CD, with unique and amazing lyrics and beats. For anyone thats a Eminem fan, this CD is a must. For those who are new to Emimen, make sure you don't listen to this CD in front of younger siblings, or your parents. Overall, I really enjoy "The Eminem Show" and think its a classic Rap CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO FRICKIN COOL

    The Eminem Show is definitely the genius of the best rapper alive. Everything from Curtains Up to Curtains Down is a motherfreaking hott song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    best song on the cd "sing for the moment" it's worth getting the cd for that song. i listend to the lyrics and i totally connected, it was a great song. at least listen to it on window media player, or check out the lyrics. im sorry i just love that song. i usually dont like rap to. (i like some like fabalous, and eminem, ect.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER

    The Eminem Show is a great CD and the lyrics are genius. Eminem has shown us once again that he is not going anywhere for a while and that he is the real thing. His music is very soothing and puts people in the mood that he wants them to be in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!That is all I have to say!

    This CD is probably Eminem's most hardcore and best CD so far. There are awesome tracks featuring Dr. Dre and D12. The best songs on this album are #3, #8, #10, and #12, but they are all awesome! It is a lot better than the Marshall Mathers LP, so buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    he is awesome

    Eminem is truly one of the best rappers i have ever heard! I like the way he rhymes. this is my favorite cd you should go buy it! This will never get old for me! :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dont hate the guy, but i hate the lyrics.

    if he wants to do rap...he should stop putting all these negative concepts into his music. i woul actually buy the cd if he would just put better concepts into the cd. its not helping or incouraging people to do the right thing.actually, i know a person who dated him. she said he was a really nice caring guy.on the other hand, it's totally the opposite. which one is the act?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminiem earns it all for saving us on hit "Superman"

    I am not a all time Eminiem listener but I have to give it to him I heard my ex one day playing it while on the phone and i just fell in love with this one song "Superman" I love it. Eminiem I love you bro and keep making real music you are very original nobody has your flavor or quality in know ing how to produce and write music as your own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Man out in the open!

    I think that this album is Eminem's greatest so far. I would encourage him to make more great songs and albums such as this one. As far as the headline that I wrote goes Eminem is almost no longer just another guy rapping in a group, this CD is mostly about him rapping solo. This CD I rated 5 stars because this is one great piece of work, great job Eminem. P.S. I hope your next CD is as good as this one was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GIVE UP, EMINEM

    Eminem sucks. He should just give up before he get any worse. He is probably the whitest person I have ever seen, and he certainly ain't no ghetto homey gangsta' do ya' know wh' I'm sayin'yo?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMINEM IS DA BOMB

    eminem is the best rapper that made 50 cent.50 cent is good but not as good as eminem.people around me always eminem sucks but forget them!HE IS DA BOMB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guess Who's Back....?

    EMINEM-This is by far the best album EMINEM has put out. I don't think any body 'journalist & writers' that get paid realy understand were this hip-hop is coming. It's like them coming to a unknown world and giving opinions I think this Album is history and I could have no arguments that EMINEM is the best rapper of all time and there's "The EMINEM Show to prove it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gr8 CD!

    This CD is AWESOME! I love it. I listen to it all the time! If you are thinking about buying it, go for it. You will treasure it for years to come. Believe me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    This is great i love this CD. It is the best CD i have had in a long time.

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