Analyzing for me includes a pocket review:
White America: 7/10
Generally a good message, and a brilliant way to start the album as well. Kill You was as good a song, but no way to start off an album. The anthemic sound and "fuck you"s helped it stand out. But lyrics were lax in places and sometimes it wasn't sure what it wanted to be. It seems Em's finding it hard to write a song these days without including slightly below-par Don't Give A Fuck material somewhere. One of a few could-have-been-classics on the album.
Eminem's not as adept at this type of song as he was. Still there's some nice lines and I really like the beat. God, I miss Hellbound though.
Cleaning Out My Closet: 8/10
This is what I'm talkin' about...raw, savage, honest lyrics over the weird sort of kids-movie beat, worked well to give it this impression of kind of corrupted innocence. Can't help but shiver in parts of the last verse. with 2000-style skills this would have been a classic. As it is, it's fantastic.
Square Dance: 7/10
Best beat on the album, I think. Another eclectic track, hovering between illness, Bush dissing and plain nonsense. When it's good it's great, when it's bad...it goes "Hum-da-day da-da-da, oochie walla walla, um da day da-da-da, but ya gotta-gotta..."
Fake thug shit is SOOO 2001. Nice enough, a few good bits but disturbingly average.
Say Goodbye Hollywood: 9/10
Brilliant stuff. Prevented from classic status by Eminem's more forced style of rhyming, but nice carried rhymes and great beat make it listenable enough at first to feel it for longer. Insecurities, regrets, split loyalties, "Imagine going from being a no-one to seeing everything blow up and all you did was grow up MCing", all of that me likes.
...down to earth with a bump. Where the fuck is Royce? Sign Hurricane G to Shady Records, why don't you? Obie Trice fucks up (and in) his verse adeptly, and Em's verse is good but a bit morbid for the jolly beat. Very good beat it is too. Shame, really.
Without Me: 8/10
Up again! Fast-paced, brilliant flow and the celebrity disses in the last verse almost make me think of MMLP Eminem again. Such nice stuff
Not The Real Slim Shady, but almost...
Sing for the Moment: 8/10
wtf was that first verse? The rest of the song was great, standard defense-of-my-art fare, and very good it is too. I sort of wish it had been calm and sarcastic though, sometimes Em takes shit too seriously. Calm and sarcastic would have been perfect and maybe even hilarious. As it is it's great, although the MMLP songs made better points more succinctly I think
It's not a bad song. It's deeper than it seems at first, how can that be a bad song? Must just be that I don't like it. Must be the unbearable chorus which is longer than the verses. Must be the bog standard flow and 50% bullshit lyrics when they actually turn up.
Hailie's Song: 9/10
Complain about the singing all you want, I like it. The realest song around, surely. Not actually about hailie, more she's the focus of the song than the subject, but eh. The verse itself suffers from Must Rhyme Here Syndrome, but generally says it right. And I can't hear the song without singing along with the chorus. Beautiful.
When the Music Stops: 8/10
If they'd actually agreed what the song was about it'd rule. Not a verse was bad though, great beat and funny/sort of feelable verses.
Say What You Say: 5/10
Wow, this beat makes Tical look like a masterpiece of production. The lyrics are inane for the most part...I can't think of a good bit really. Best part of the song was the horns in the chorus and even they sounded bad with the beat. SKIP.
Till I Collapse: 7/10
Should be marked lower. But the feel of the song means I'll never really not want to listen to it, and that's worth something. Also I like to listen to the first and last verses and imagine the great rhyme schemes if they had better actual lyrics.
My Dad's Gone Crazy: 8/10
As it started well, so it finishes. The switch up for the last verse is fantastic, Hailie is cute, it's not a brilliant album ender but it's very good. Puts me in mind of Criminal in a way.
Overall? Add it up yourself, you lazy piece of shit. Not up to the standards I was used to from the last two solos, but still an album I really like and really less disappointing than I made out in parts above lol.
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