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by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Slim Shady LP announced not only Eminem's arrival, but it established that his producer Dr. Dre was anything but passé, thereby raising expectations for 2001, the long-anticipated sequel to The Chronic. It suggested that 2001 wouldn't simply be recycled Chronic, and, musically speaking, that's more or less true. He's pushed himself hard, finding new variations in the formula by adding ominous strings, soulful vocals, and reggae, resulting in fairly interesting recontextualizations. Padded out to 22 tracks, 2001 isn't as consistent or striking as Slim Shady, but the music is always brimming with character. If only the same could be said about the …  » Read more


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Year Type label Catalog #
1999 CS Aftermath 490486
1999 CD Aftermath 490486
1999 LP Interscope 4904861
2000 CD Polydor 4908462
2000 CD Polydor 4908232