What an album. I can't believe its been out 10 whole years! I recently revisited it, thanks to it being one of only a few I have on tape, and I recently replaced my car with one that (until I fit it) doesn't have a CD player. This is a fantastic rap record. Those of you who weren't around to enjoy it when it was new won't know how it changed people's perception of rap - all us kids growing up on Green Day and Offspring, and shunning anything that wasn't played by real musicians, were turned on to the genre by this album.
Sharp, amusing lyrics brought home a new hero for us all, and the music produced by Dr Dre was refreshingly upbeat.
Still a fantastic album after a full decade, and not many albums can stand that test of time. Eminem voice is noticeably younger and provides the most heartfelt album of his career (apart from its follow up, The Marshall Mathers LP) in this major label debut.
A classic, and well worth a listen for new fans, and worth revisiting for those of us there at the time.