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Curtain Call: The Hits [Deluxe Edition] [PA]
0. DISC 1:
3. Way I Am, The
4. My Name Is
6. Lose Yourself
7. Shake That
8. Sing for the Moment
9. Without Me
10. Like Toy Soldiers
11. Real Slim Shady, The
13. Guilty Conscience
14. Cleanin' Out My Closet
15. Just Lose It
16. When I'm Gone
17. Stan - (live)
0. DISC 2:
1. Dead Wrong - (mix)
2. Role Model
3. Kill You
4. Shit on You - (previously unreleased)
7. Just Don't Give a Fuck
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9889084
Chucky Thompson; Eminem; The 45 King & Louie; Jeff Bass; Luis Resto; Mario "Yellowman" Winans; Mike Elizondo; P. Diddy
Ed Raso; Tony Campana; Gimel Keaton; Mauricio Iragorri; Roger Che; Richard Huredia; Steve Baughman; Steven King
Personnel: Eminem (drum programming); Jeff Bass, Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); Joe Perry , Sean Cruse, Steven King (guitar); Luis Resto (keyboards, programming); Mark Batson, Tom Coster, Jr. (keyboards); Denaun Porter (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Ed Raso; Eminem; Aaron Lepley; Diddy; Richard Huredia; Steven King.
Recording information: 54 Sound, Detroit, MI; Baselinhe Studios, New York, NY; Chung King Recording Studios, New York, NY; Marshall's House; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Recording Studios, New York, NY; TransContinental Studios, Orlando, FL.
Photographers: Karin Catt; Anthony Mandler; Jonathan Mannion.
It's hard to believe, given his gargantuan impact on popular culture, that Eminem had only released four full-length albums by 2004. That year's ENCORE showed the rapper's artistic vitality fading just a bit, but 2005's CURTAIN CALL, an overdue greatest-hits collection, helps remind audiences that Eminem produced a stunning string of singles in a short span of time. Naturally, CURTAIN CALL eschews the artist's most controversial material ("'97 Bonnie and Clyde," for example, from THE SLIM SHADY LP), focusing instead on his highest charters, like 8 MILE's "Lose Yourself" and introspective confessionals like "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (a rant against his mother) and "Mockingbird" (a tribute to his daughter).
But even at his most sentimental and dramatic, Eminem displays a level of artistry that surpasses nearly anyone in hip-hop, if not pop music in general. Satirical, vicious, funny, and energizing, Eminem's material is never less than absorbing. CURTAIN CALL is packed wall-to-wall with winners (except maybe "Sing For the Moment," which reworks Aerosmith's "Dream On" in tiresome fashion), and at its most brilliant (like the self-reflexive romps "The Real Slim Shady" and "Stan") it's as era-defining as anything by N.W.A, Public Enemy, or even Bob Dylan. Though his individual albums are all pretty essential, CURTAIN CALL provides a valuable overview of an artist whose skills are unassailable, and whose role as a social gadfly remains as complex as ever.
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "This hits package captures the half-decade moment when the tortured Detroit MC ruled the zeitgeist with whip-smart gross-out humor and jolting family confessions." -- Grade: A-
Uncut (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "CURTAIN CALL sizzles with profane pop genius..."
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