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The Slim Shady LP - Eminem
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The Slim Shady LP - Eminem
Date: 09/08/01, updated on 09/08/01 (116 review reads)
Advantages: Talent, Real thing, Good tracks (mostly)
Disadvantages: A few tracks I don't like
This was the first of Eminem's two hit albums, 'The Slim Shady LP' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP'.
I personally feel this is the better of the two albums.
Nearly all of the songs on both albums have explicit lyrics (they both display well deserved 'Parental Guidance' stickers) and strong feelings of anger and contain his sick fantasies ('97 Bonnie and Clyde for example) fuelled by his lyrical temper.
I think they should be taken as humorous.
The reason I feel 'The Slim Shady LP' is better is because I can relate to the tracks more as I think Eminem is expressing his feelings rather than trying to come up with lyrics to shock people.
Quick run-down of all 20 tracks...
1. Public Service Announcement;
This isn't really a track; it is more of a comic introduction. It's funny the first time, but I don't think it's something you would like to play every time you listen to this album.
2. My Name Is;
I HATED this song when it first came out. You will have heard it (guaranteed) by now. It was Eminem's Debut single; it climbed the charts and sold fast (I can't remember quite how well it did though-it was back in 1999). It was when we weren't sure if Eminem was here to stay our whether he was a one- hit-wonder. Since it has grown on me, I still skip it most of the time though!
3. Guilty Conscience (ft Dr.Dre);
This is in the style of a TV show with its comic commentary. This song is one of my favourites.
4. Brain Damage;
This is about Eminem's childhood, how he got beat up by bullies. It is a good song.
This is a tape recording of a fictional phone call. Listen to it once - then skip it.
6. If I had;
This is more of a heart felt track (?-if Eminem's lyrics can be), it shows how he tired of his life and how it wasn't easy for him to make it big.
7. 97' Bonnie and
This is the controversial track featuring his daughter, Hayley's (who was only a tot at the time) voice. It is a song about him killing her mother, Kim. I'm not sure she will be happy about this when she is old enough to understand it.
This is another fictional phone call. A woman describing 'how f***king disgusting' Eminem is. Hence the title.
9. Role Model;
A song that mocks everyone who says he encourages bad behaviour in his fans (err hmm…). It is quite a good track though.
This is where Eminem actually sings the chorus to the next track, My Fault, in a comic voice; he says it’s for all the ladies out there! It is quite funny but I doubt you’ll want to play it over and over again.
11. My Fault;
This is a song where Eminem describes him letting a girl try ‘Magic Mushrooms’ at a party. Only she takes too much and as the Eminem’s character in the song is high to he doesn’t notice there’s a problem until it’s too late. It’s quite disturbing if you take it too heart but it makes a good track.
12. Ken Kaniff;
I don’t like this song personally. It is where this bloke, Ken Kaniff from Kenniticut, gives prank phone calls to all these people in a weird and scary (!?) voice. You also get the feeling the character is gay from some of the stuff he says, although that has nothing to do with why I dislike the song.
13. Cum On Everybody;
This is a dancey track. It’s quite good and the pun title is funny.
14. Rock Bottom;
This is a good track. It shows how bad life can get. I think this could possibly express Eminem’s real views, like he says ‘When life makes you mad enough to kill, that’s rock bottom’. I think this shows he does have moral values.
15. Just Don’t Give a F**k;
This is just one of Eminem’s usual songs. I
don’t care for it much. To me it’s just there to fill up the album.
I don’t like this track much either. I prefer the ones at the beginning of the album, for the same reasons as before.
17. As the World Turns;
This track is OK. It’s about what goes on and how the world just carries on turning. I think when he wrote this Eminem wanted it to stop so he could get off.
18. I’m Shady;
This is another track I don’t care for. It’s worth a listen, but I usually skip it.
19. Bad Meets Evil;
This is an old song about the ghost of and equally ghostly town. It has old western style commentary at the beginning. The actual rapping bit is good, but it’s not one I listen too all the time.
20. Still Don’t Give a F**k;
This is practically the same as track 15, except it has one extra word! I don’t like it much for the same reasons.
This is a good album and as it’s old it will probably be cheaper to buy. With 20 tracks you get your moneys worth and there’s bound to be something for everyone (who likes rap music).
Sorry, this is a bit long...