Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits (2005)

Reason for Listening:
#66 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20191109). Whatever looks good.
Last Week: 63 | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 469.

Released 20051206.
17 songs. 77:55. Curtain Call: The Hits (2005)
17 & 7 songs. 77:55 & 33:10. Curtain Call: The Hits (Deluxe) (2005)

First listen. Deluxe.
~Disc 1~
Next time: Start at track 4. Or finish track 3 ("The Way I Am").
I heard the term "wigger" for the first time while listening to "The Way I Am" today. I looked the term up on Urban Dictionary.
"My Name Is" is a song which I partially memorize the beginning of and definitely one of my favorites.
I rarely watch music videos and saw the music video for "Stan" for the first time about a week ago.
Today was the first time I listened to the lyrics of "Sing for the Moment."
The end of "The Real Slim Shady" to me shows us Eminem behind all the upfront lyrics; in general I think a portion of Eminem's initial work may have been rather explicit (Slim Shady) but his music has been consistently genius, meaningful, or contain a sense of humor; from an alternate point of view, it's not just about money, sex, and drugs.
I don't remember hearing "Just Lose It" before, but it's hilarious. The "aah aah aah" seems familiar though. It's possible I've heard the song but didn't listen to it intently enough to parse the lyrics.
Elton John's vocals sounds choppy compared to Dido's vocals in the album version of the song.
For simplicity I kept the ratings thin (by using 1 through 7) but after listening to the entire disc I moved "Lose Yourself" and "The Real Slim Shady" from "6" to "5" and "My Name Is" from "7" to "6."

Songs in bold are the previously unreleased tracks.
6: "My Name Is";
5: "Stan" (ft. Dido); "Lose Yourself"; "The Real Slim Shady";
4: "The Way I Am"; "Without Me"; "Just Lose It";
3: "FACK"; "Sing for the Moment"; "Mockingbird"; "Cleanin' Out My Closet";
2: "Shake That" (ft. Nate Dogg); "Like Toy Soldiers"; "Guilty Conscience" (ft. Dr. Dre); "When I'm Gone"; "Stan (Live)" (ft. Elton John)
1: "Intro";

~Disc 2~

4: "Criminal";
3: "Kill You";
2: "Just Don't Give A Fuck";
1: "Role Model";
0: "Dead Wrong (Remix)" (ft. Eminem) by The Notorious B.I.G.; "Shit on You" by D12; "Renegade" (ft. Eminem) by Jay-Z;

I was biased going into this album. I think Eminem's music is amazing; not always from a thematic point of view, but definitely from an artistic and talented point of view. Gathering the best of the best naturally stacks the album's rating in it's favor. As to not overload the ratings, I'll give it 5.4, just a step over the highest rating assigned thus far (5.2).

Overall Rating (Standard): 5.4/5
Favorite Song: "My Name Is"

#44 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20210410).
Last Week: 40 | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 522
Billboard Listing: Curtain Call: The Hits= - Eminem - [similar to the above album cover but with a larger parental advisory sticker]

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