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MUSIC REVIEW | Eminem – The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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I remember Eminem breaking though in a big way with My Name Is and pretty much immediately writing the song and its performer off as a novelty. He was white and had a silly, nasal, jokey delivery. All that, with the wacky lyrics and video for My Name Is, and it’s asking a lot for him to be taken seriously, no matter how clever and quick fire the lyrics are. Now, almost 20 years later, he’s an undisputed hip hop legend, and I have no problem with that. But I realised, I have only ever heard the hit singles and still kind of off handedly consider Eminem novelty. But I know there’s a lot more to Marshall Mathers, which I’m hoping to discover with his breakthrough, The Slim Shady LP.


My Name Is sounds just as gimmicky and tossed off as it always has. The wordplay is impressive and there’s a certain wit to his rhymes, when they’re not being undermined by the easiest of dirty jokes and entendres. And the constant references to mentor Dr Dre sound a little needy. Like Eminem is determined to make sure we all know he’s friends with the N.W.A legend. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | James Williamson – Re-Licked (2014)

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In the early 70s, James Williamson joined The Stooges and went on to record several albums with Iggy Pop and the boys, including the justifiably legendary Raw Power. In recent years, various versions of The Stooges have reunited for a couple of albums and a couple of tours. I’m nowhere near enough of a Stooges aficionado to know how the new millennium version stacks up with the old school incarnation, but now, Williamson has given us a combination of the old and the new.


Re-Licked, a collection of unrecorded and lesser known Stooges songs from their original 70s heyday, utilising a range of guest vocalists and musicians, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). So, with that origin of the songs, and those names attached as collaborators, Williamson is setting expectations pretty high. Can Re-Licked live up to them? (more…)