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.
Performance CreditsEminem 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 Credits45 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Curtain Call: The Hits based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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.
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.
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."
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!!
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.