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  • Summary: Working once again with producer Dr. Dre, Marshall Mathers returns with his third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. He's playing the same old marshall vs shady real-or-fake game as usual and its as interesting and complex as it ever was.
  2. We've heard it all before, we know the punchline, we've bought into the joke, but still we want the delivery again and again.
  3. Beyond allowing peeks into his life, Eminem's other gambits are self-pity and self-mythologizing, and they aren't nearly as potent.
  4. 70
    The Eminem Show lacks the overwhelming, single-minded force that The Marshall Mathers LP had.
  5. 70
    It's safe to say that if you liked Em's last two albums, you'll like this one. [Aug 2002, p.80]
  6. He often riffs for too long, so by the time he's singing to his daughter on "Hailie's Song," you feel the album's nearly 80-minute length.
  7. We're unlikely to hear another platinum-selling album in 2002 that sounds as tired and thoroughly played out as the fourth offering from the troubled young Marshall Mathers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 139
  1. JohnaN.
    Aug 6, 2002
    10
    this album has helped me through so much crap! i love it! and for those of you who dont.... you obviously cant hear because its awesome!
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    10
    This album makes it Eminem's third classic consecutive album, proving to everyone what a rap sensation he really is, destroying his competition lyrically as well as commercially. Expand
  3. amyt
    Mar 12, 2003
    10
    i love eminem he is sosexy and this cd is cool
  4. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    "My songs can make you cry, take you by surprise/And at the same time, make you dry your eyes with the same rhyme"

    It's not as ironic as The
    Slim Shady LP; it's not as thought-provoking as The Marshall Mathers LP; and it certainly will not be the album Eminem's remembered by in a hundred years. However, The Eminem Show, which opens with a song making fun of his fan base and ends with a song ridiculing his critics, may well be his masterpiece. Expand
  5. May 27, 2013
    10
    My favourite album by Eminem. He shows more maturity than on his previous albums and his lyricism and flow are better than ever. Also this album appeals to a wider audience. This album is a classic and proves that Eminem is one of the best rappers alive. Expand
  6. May 3, 2011
    9
    yeah this is the best album of music i ever listen i love this album so much eminem forever really the best album of all time and no other noob is like eminem !he is **** perfect! Expand
  7. Mark
    Dec 24, 2002
    4
    I find it interesting that everyone that gave this album a 10 has yet to master the English language.

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