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Curtain Call

Eminem's still brilliant, but not for young teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some nasty sexism, but also some lovely and vulnerable devotion to family.

Violence

Includes violent images.

Sex

Very explicit.

Language

Very strong language

Consumerism

Some product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some obvious references

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Eminem uses very strong language, sexual and violent images, and shock value to get his message across. This CD is not recommended for kids and younger teens.

What's the story?

None of the material on CURTAIN CALL should come as a surprise to music lovers familiar with Eminem's M.O. Even the edited version is filled with lyrics and concepts that may be troubling to parents. But Eminem's unique style of rhythmic phrasing conveys at least as much of the artist's personality as his lyrics or instrumental arrangements. Self-congratulatory, explicit, and gleefully exploiting every taboo in the English language, Eminem's greatest hits collection offers an overview of the young artist's entire oeuvre. There are three new tunes for the many fans who already own everything Eminem has recorded.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Shock value is the coin of Eminem's realm, and it will be difficult for many parents to get past the singer's raunchy sexism and egocentric posturing. But for those willing to extend the benefit of the doubt, there are some surprisingly tender sentiments expressed on this collection of hits. Charming, vulnerable, and funny, Eminem's lyrics express more than street-punk machismo and reveal a lot about a young man's loves, losses, and uniquely constructed family values. "Mockingbird," a love letter to his children, is a prime example of Eminem's brilliance -- employing evocative, dead-honest lyrics in counterpoint to a children's lullaby.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the occasional social relevance and family values in Eminem's lyrics, and whether or not the points he makes would be weakened by a more socially acceptable presentation.

Music details

Artist:Eminem
Release date:December 6, 2005
Label:Aftermath
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybaybay122 May 21, 2014

Good

We just gonna listen to this anyway. Deal with it parents.
Teen, 15 years old Written byfknrappa April 15, 2011

Amazing

LOVE IT! All of Eminem's music is incredible and haters who are offended by his music are just a bunch of fags! Christians always take his music too seriously when it really is simple dark humor. Get the joke love the rap but don't fckin' hate on Eminem for his use of his talent.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byPwnisher April 9, 2008

To all Eminem haters

Eminem is my friggin idol. I'd take a bullet for him. Any Eminem haters I might take da mouse from my computer and shove it down their throats!!!! Da same goes to Happy Tree Friends haters!