The Eminem Show

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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. Where The Marshall Mathers LP sounded like a primal howl of rage, The Eminem Show showcases an artist trying to make sense out of the chaos and turmoil in his personal and professional life.
  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. With each successive album Eminem finds new depth and excitement within the same themes and structures he used way back on The Slim Shady LP, so even if new songs contain earmarks of Eminem classics, they still feel reinvigorated.
  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 148
  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 hisThis 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. willr
    Apr 21, 2003
    10
    eminem is the coolest and jen c, if thats wat u think u betta sit down and hav second thougts because his da best ever o and eminem u RULE eminem is the coolest and jen c, if thats wat u think u betta sit down and hav second thougts because his da best ever o and eminem u RULE with 4 capitals. and mark, get a grip cause nobodys perfect!! besides thats how rappers RAP!!! Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2011
    10
    Eminem matures and takes more of a political view in this album. May not be his best album ever but it is definitely my favorite album EminemEminem matures and takes more of a political view in this album. May not be his best album ever but it is definitely my favorite album Eminem has ever created. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    Straight up classic. Great storytelling, has a concept that may seem boring at first but is interesting and intriguing as heck. Funny at time,Straight up classic. Great storytelling, has a concept that may seem boring at first but is interesting and intriguing as heck. Funny at time, serious at others, a great album. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2011
    9
    Phenomenal album...probably in the running as the best album of 2002. The only knock on it is that it had to follow up the expectations set byPhenomenal album...probably in the running as the best album of 2002. The only knock on it is that it had to follow up the expectations set by The Marshall Mathers LP, which it almost does. 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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