Marshall Mathers LP [Australian Import Bonus CD]

The Marshall Mathers LP [Australian Import Bonus CD]

by Eminem
     
 

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It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you know that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on; the trick is realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa. Many dismissed his considerable skills as a rapper and social satirist because the vulgarity and gross-out humor on The Slim Shady LP were too

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It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you know that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on; the trick is realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa. Many dismissed his considerable skills as a rapper and social satirist because the vulgarity and gross-out humor on The Slim Shady LP were too detailed for some to believe that it was anything but real. To Eminem's credit, he decided to exploit that confusion on his masterful second record, The Marshall Mathers LP. Eminem is all about blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, humor and horror, satire and documentary, so it makes perfect sense that The Marshall Mathers LP is no more or less "real" than The Slim Shady LP. It is, however, a fairly brilliant expansion of his debut, turning his spare, menacing hip-hop into a hyper-surreal, wittily disturbing thrill ride. It's both funnier and darker than his debut, and Eminem's writing is so sharp and clever that the jokes cut as deeply as the explorations of his ruptured psyche. The production is nearly as evocative as the raps, with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. There may not be overpowering hooks on every track, but the album works as a whole, always drawing the listener in. But once you're in, Eminem doesn't care if you understand exactly where he's at, and he doesn't offer any apologies if you can't sort the fact from the fiction. As an artist, he's supposed to create his own world and, with this terrific second effort, he certainly has. It may be a world that is as infuriating as it is intriguing, but it is without question his own, which is far more than most of his peers are able to accomplish at the dawn of a new millennium. [The Australian import version features a bonus AVCD with videos from the album.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2002
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0606949306229
catalogNumber:
493062

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
John Bigham   Guitar
Dido   Track Performer
RBX   Track Performer
Xzibit   Track Performer
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Sean Cruse   Guitar
Sticky Fingaz   Track Performer

Technical Credits

45 King & Louie   Producer
Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Richard Huredia   Producer,Engineer
K. Jones   Composer
Ben Joyner   Composer
Lance Pierre   Engineer
Michelle Lynn Forbes   Engineer
Melvin Bradford   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Mark Bass   Composer,Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Jack McCrone   Engineer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Aaron Lepley   Engineer
Eminem   Composer,Producer
Rick Behrens   Engineer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer
Mike Butler   Engineer
Rob Ebeling   Engineer
Akane Nakamura   Engineer
Kon Artis   Contributor
Kuniva   Contributor
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Eric Collins   Composer
Kirk Jones   Composer
Chris Conway   Engineer
Steve King   Engineer

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