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Early Summer Albums Have A Lot of Junk Upfront But Some Gems in the Trunk

Your probably already sick of hearing about Eminem and Green Day. Although I have not yet written a single full album review the two pop superpowers have dominated The Truth About Music over the past few weeks. Hopefully this will be the last post about the albums but I had to share this with everyone.

Albums are supposed to hook you early and then sell you late. Great albums are often characterized by their home stretch towards the end and not by the singles littered at the albums open. After listening pretty extensively to both “Relapse,” and “21st Century Breakdown,” I have come to the conclusion that these might qualify as “Great” albums on this criteria. If you want to hear the best part of these albums just skip with first dozen or so tracks and listen to the ends.

Starting with Green Day, “21st Century Breakdown,” which is conveniently split into three different “acts,” similar to a play. The strongest act by far is Act III, “Horseshoe and Handgrenades,” which highlights a very old school feel, similar to some of the bands earlier records. In this act is also my favorite song (so far) in “21 Guns,” and the albums finally “See The Light,” a very new aged sounding song for Green Day. If you want to see the best of what Green Day was and what they have become listen to the final act of this three act play.

Although Eminem did not do us the favor of splitting his album into acts “Relapse,” really does not get great until track eleven. From this track until the end Eminem and Dr. Dre really showcase their talents mixing amazing lyrical arrangements with totally original production. The collection of songs at the end of the record also features two funny and one tragic skit. The “Steve Berman Skit,” might be the funniest moment on the entire record.

This portion of the album also features some masterpiece songs including “Old Time’s Sake,” which features Dr. Dre and “Beautiful,” which features a sample of “Reaching Out,” which is performed by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company. This section of the album also features the catchy yet annoying single “Crack a Bottle,” but the rest of the songs make up for it.

These two artists have shown what it takes to create an amazing album. If you don’t appreciate these albums maybe you just haven’t listened to these parts of it. I’m curious what everyone else thinks of these albums, let me know.

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