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Classic Album Review: Eamon | I Don’t Want You Back

The Staten Island simpleton makes Eminem look like Einstein with his awful music.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


People complain that Eminem is misogynist, hateful and foul-mouthed. And they’ve got a point. But he’s practically a combination of Shakespeare and The Singing Nun next to Eamon, one of the most obnoxious and irritating urban artists I’ve had the displeasure to hear in some time.

It’s not just that this Staten Island simpleton’s slow-jam grooves are filled with obscenities, sexist imagery and degrading portrayals of women — quite frankly, that kind of drivel doesn’t faze me in the slightest anymore. But as titles like I Love Them H*’s, Get Off my D**K, I’d Rather F**k With You and his breakthrough novelty single F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back) make crystal (or perhaps Cristal) clear, he’s annoyingly one-dimensional and virtually devoid of anything approaching wit or subtlety. Thing is, it’s not like Eamon is devoid of talent. As a singer he’s outstanding, with silky smooth, doo-woppish pipes that were made for seductive crooning. Why he’s wasting his abilities peddling cheap, exploitive tripe like this is beyond me. All we know is that I don’t want him back. Ever.