[HOT TRACK]For the E-man, the hit list just grows and growsEminem spouts, "I'm sorry mamma, I didn't mean to hurt you, I didn't mean to make you cry" in one of the early songs on his new album, the "The Eminem Show." Has he come to his senses? Unfortunately, no, he's just a zealously crude guy, and proceeds to fling around his favorite four-letter-words.
So Eminem is back, true to form. In his latest album he uses 15 tracks, plus a few skits and an intro and outro, to deride, degrade and declaim.
The victims this time are the usual ones: his mother, his estranged wife, and pop stars like Britney Spears. But he's added a few targets to the list. In the fast-paced "Without Me," Eminem takes aim at Moby, the pre-eminent ambient and techno musician, calling him a 36-year-old bald-headed baby and rapping that "you're too old it's over, nobody listens to techno." And that's the nice part. Moby answered back on his Web site that "it's an honor to be mentioned by Eminem."
Another newbie on the hit list is the rock band Limp Bizkit, who are called "little bastards." The band's DJ recently said he wasn't too fond of Eminem.
Perhaps the best song on the album is "Sing for the Moment," which samples Aerosmith's classic song "Dream On," generating powerful melodies and rhymes.
On this album Eminem steps out of the shadow of his mentor Dr. Dre by taking over producing duties, while Dr. Dre takes a step back as an executive producer. As a producer Eminem did a passable job. The album is packaged in a dramatic structure; the opening with "Curtains Up" and ending with "Curtains Close" is notable.
The most experimental track is "Hailie's Song," when Eminem sings -- doesn't rap -- about joie de vivre, particularly the happiness his 6-year-old daughter, Hailie, gives him. Eminem opens the track with "I can't sing," then goes on to prove it. And like father, like daughter: On a later song, "My dad's gone crazy," Hailie sings backing vocals, using a comical southern drawl.
Eminem once said "I want to express what people think about but don't talk about" to justify his profanity and mudslinging. Maybe, with age, he'll develop a modicum of tact. But as long as the profanity and the combativeness sell, the Eminem show will go on.
by Chun Su-jin