Being a big fan, I, like many others, rushed out to buy the new Eminem album on Friday. And I must admit to being quite disappointed. Despite some outstanding standout tracks, there's a whole lot of weedy stale raps drifting atop some uninspired music. It would've been incredibly difficult maintaining the slick oral brilliance of The Eminem Show, but I would've been pleased as punch if Em had returned to the raw witticism of The Slim Shady LP. The music could've gone anywhere (or just gone full stop) with his usual skills of lyrical dexterity. But alot of the time he just seems intent on annoying the listener. A bit of a downer, all in all - starting well, but floundering. And it says a lot about the quality of the previous few tracks when slightly whiffy single "Just Lose It" starts to sound up there with "Without Me".
Still, I'm only a few listens in, and what do I know. He's sold a lot more albums than Viper Squad Ten, Dieticians Featuring Fat and the Leather Lads Featuring The Lesbian Love Triangle put together.