I quite appreciated the stereo effect that made my ears feel full of bubbles at the beginning of "The Ringer," the opening track for Eminem’s newest album, Kamikaze
. I also was quite taken with the confrontational cleverness Mr. Mathers employs to make his point about what he thinks of his critics, though I personally try to err on the other extreme in my responses to “constructive” criticism. All of that said, though, I still think, that for self-destructive, frustrated lyricism I’d have to turn to the Old 97s album, Wreck Your Life
, which is probably mostly a subjective personal preference, and yet, if my memory serves, Wreck Your Life
is an album that is objectively easier to listen to with the windows down.
Suggested Use: I had an instructor in college once who seemed to find Eminem’s music quite cathartic in its “to the fore” aggressiveness and I think this album manages to keep that tradition alive. So, had a bad day? Filled with rage at something you heard on the news? Hesitant to shout expletives into the air or practice your primal scream? Pop Kamikaze into your dashboard (roll the windows up!) and lose yourself in congested, traffic-filled road construction, too cool to care about having to be anywhere, unlike that Celica that cut you off yesterday and that Sunday-Driving Datsun in front of you now; you’ve got Eminem to do the shouting for you.
Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) He lives with his charming wife in the small town of Berne, IN (in sight of the clock tower) where he busies himself keeping the Roses of Sharon in check and training his chinchilla in the ancient arts of the Ninja. Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks
by Thomas Mann.