Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eminem discography

Eminem releases his seventh album, Recovery this week. Here's a look back at the previous five (excluding his first udnerground release):

The Slim Shady LP (1999). Eminem's first major label debut launched one of the most successful hip-hop careers of all time and of course among the most controversial. The fun, misery and genius of Eminem's debut lies solely in its explicit and cut-throat lyrics, switching from the quirky introductory narration of "My Name Is," to the rather disturbing and brutal depicting of murder in "97 Bonnie & Clyde," to lyrical honesty "Cum on Everybody." Best: My Name Is, Guilty Conscience, 97 Bonnie & Clyde, Rock Bottom, Cum on Everybody. (4.5/5)

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). There's way more to Eminem's third album than crossover pop hit "The Real Slim Shady." Unlike his debut, Eminem's follow up dropped the quirk and took on the more serious--showcasing more solitary ways of story-telling in rap such as in the cult classic "Stan" featuring vocals from British pop singer Dido. What doesn't seem to change is the off-beat and grotesque lyrics such as the ones in "Kill You" or "Drug Ballad," genius or just messed up? Your call but this indeed shows the rapper at his most innovative. Best: Stan, The Real Slim Shady, The Way I Am, Kill You, Drug Ballad. (5/5)

The Eminem Show (2002). Critics and fans alike loved Eminem's fourth album, but I've never been that into it, whilst, of course there are a handful of good songs on here ("Without Me," "Clealin' Out My Closet," and "Hailey's Song") as an album it's dark-topic heavy feel kinda dampens the whole appeal that made his first two albums both winners for me--he talks about his troubled childhood, destructive relationships, homophobia, American government and hatred for his parents and Mariah Carey--a good insight into the life of Eminem for the hardcore fan but overwhelming for the casual listener. However as far as the sound go, the beats sound more well-crafted and complex in comparison to the previous two. Best: Without Me, Cleanin' Out My Closet, When the Music Stops, Hailey's Song, White America. (4/5)

Encore (2004). Eminem's fifth album offered an alternative outlook on familiar subjects he'd talked about on the previous album only more effective and less unnecessary shock value, similarly to The Eminem Show they're moments that work, such as "Like Toy Soldiers" which speaks on calming the violence within the rap community and the politically charged "Mosh." and other that don't, which seem to be the more radio-friendly pop influenced numbers that unsuccessfully contrast the more topical elements of the album such as "Ass Like That," however stretching over 20 tracks it doesn't seem to damaging to have a little filler. Best: Like Toy Soldiers, Mosh, Just Lose It, Mockingbird, Rain Man, Spend Some Time. (4.5/5)

Relapse (2009). You can't help but be a little disappointed at Eminem's comeback album, it definitely wasn't the high standard of lyrical masterclass we're use to--the topical humor just wasn't that effective on here, the odd depiction of child molestation in "Insane" falls flat, so does the story of his mentally abusive mother on "My Mom." A lot on here doesn't work, it's gore without the creative input to back it up but there's a handful that does such as the touching ballad "Beautiful," probably his best since "Lose Yourself" from the 8 Mile Soundtrack. Best: Beautiful, We Made You, 3am, Crack a Bottle. (2.5/5)


ww_adh said...

Snooze. I'm so bored with him now.

ww_adh said...

I redact my last comment. Over the weekend I started to really enjoy "Love the Way You Lie," and just now "Not Afraid" was on MTV and I liked it too.