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Curtain Call: The Hits

Curtain Call: The Hits

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by Eminem

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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


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.

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 F***," 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 the 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, but it's a great greatest-hits album by any measure.
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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Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Joe Perry   Solo Instrumental
Jeff Bass   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

45 King & Louie   Producer
Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Kevin Bell   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Malcolm McLaren   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Tom Coster   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer
Andre Young   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Che Pope   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer
DJ Head   drum programming
Tony Campana   Engineer
Nathaniel Hale   Composer
Sarah Catlett   Studio Coordinator
Richard "Segal" Herredia   Engineer
Lindsay Collins   Studio Coordinator
Steve King   Composer,Engineer

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Curtain Call: The Hits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love Eminem he is the best rap singer ever! i think this CD will be good. I like the song when im gone. its is the best ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an Eminem fan for 6 years now and bought The Slim Shady LP back in Feb. 1999..and have all of his other CD's. I have followed Em all the way up to now..his final goodbye? Anyways, Curtain Call is a decent greatest hits album, but if you're going to buy it, I suggest you get the Collector's Edition instead because it has tracks that should've been on the single-disc to begin with. Sure, the Hits album covers all of Em's best songs, but his new songs like "Fack" and "Shake That" should have been left off and replaced with hits like "Rock Bottom" from Slim Shady LP and "Who Knew" from Marshall Mathers LP. Also, I was surprised to read that the reviewer from the All Music Guide proclaimed "A** Like That" should've been on this album. Now honestly, why would anyone want that song on there?..for Pop music reasons..yes, most likely. Moreover, "Just Lose It" was just an overall dumb track..his stupidest song most likely. "Just Lose It" could've been replaced with "97' Bonnie & Clyde". It seemed like Eminem was basically just putting his Pop chart hits on this album. I don't understand why, because most greatest hits albums usually have a song or two on there that were catchy enough on the album to be enjoyed. I was really hoping the 2nd disc would include at least ONE track from his original debut, "Infinite"(1996). All in all, if you're just a casual listener of Eminem then you will indeed like this. If you already have all of Em's albums, then this is nothing new to you..unless you want to hear his 3 new tracks(people have probably downloaded them most likely). But yeah. Just my thoughts on this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this CD yesterday and I love it. Coming off of Encore this CD is amazing. A lot of greast hits albums just slap a few popular songs onto an album and let it go. The addition of three new tracks (even though Fack kinda sucks) is nice to see. When I'm Gone is probably Em's best song to date. If Em intends to bow out with this album I couldn't think of a better way for him to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have never heard Eminem's new song "When I'm Gone" listen to it. I am addicted to it. It is my favorite song of all time. It is emotional and shows that Eminem loves his daughter more than his other songs for her. It's better than "Mockingbird," and again, it's for Hailie. He finally mentions Kim in a positive way in the song. He puts emotion in the song and the beat is emotional. Just listen to it. It is awesome. When this album comes out, I'm buying it. It's his greatest hits and a bunch of old songs, which I have on CD, but the new songs, like "When I'm Gone" will be the reason I'm buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is hot because it contains most of Eminem's best songs. I personally prefer the deluxe edition because deluxe one contains "Renegade." I just wish it had "Till I Collapse" and "Run Rabbit Run" as well. Anyway, my all-time undefeated favorite rap song is "The Way I Am."
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