most of the 3 star reviews i've given on amazon have been somewhat positive, but predominantly disparaging whereas this review is the exception to the rule. The obvious thing to do than, would be to give this album 4 stars instead. Well i thnk that would be a little too flattering, but in truth it's closer to 4 than it is to 3 (i'm just a miserable sod). This album is a definite oddity in eminem's discography, it's vibe is mellow and less abrasive than his later and more popular work, it's almost quaint in comparison. Eminem was quoted saying "Infinite was me trying to figure out how I wanted my rap style to be, how I wanted to sound on the mic and present myself. It was a growing stage. I felt like Infinite was like a demo that just got pressed up" Although i agree with most of Marshalls statement I actually think he was being a little bit modest. Yes this is primitive stuff in the context of eminem's career, but it's actually very soulful and smooth. The production's slick sound is at times quite moving and eminems young and innocent sounding voice mixes very well with the chilled beats. His style was critisized for sounding to much like Nas and Az and i can kind of see what they mean, albeit somewhat derivative though i actually think he still sounds remarkably fresh and there's something novel about this album that you certainly don't find anywhere else, i think that has someting to do with eminem's authentic delivery and ingeniously comic imagery here are a few of my favourites
" my pen and paper cause a chain reaction To get your Brain relaxing"
"I run your brain around the block to jog your f***ing memory"
"You can be Run-D, you'll never beat the MC I'll stop the alphabet at S and got it down to a T
Reccommended, especially for Eminem and golden age hip hop fans.