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Recovery

9 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3
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  • Original Release Date: 9 Sept. 2010
  • Label: Jeonghee Jin
  • Copyright: 2010 Jeonghee Jin
  • Total Length: 1:16:59
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  • ASIN: B00437MNT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Matt Black on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
You have to respect an artist who's willing to write off a good percentage of his own catalogue - records that millions of people bought and a good majority of those enjoyed. Eminem isn't happy with Encore and that's understandable - it wasn't very good. More surprisingly, he's pretty scathing about Relapse as well, which many fans - including this one - saw as a return to form, albeit a partial one. Relapse suffered from being inconsistent but its two bonus tracks and the 'Relapse:Refill' release seemed to point in a more encouraging direction; less silly accents and more focus on flow and technical ability. The good news is, this trend has continue unabated with Recovery.

Recovery is an album that grows with each listen. It's not perfect, but is it better than Relapse? Yes. Is it better than The Eminem Show? Narrowly, yes. This is an album that can stand comfortably alongside the 'LP's although perhaps not on first listen - it's definitely a grower. The accents have gone. The skits have disappeared. To his credit, the change in Eminem's style is tangible - this isn't self-declaration, it's very evident that things have change momentum.

The guest appearances may be surprising. We're mercifully spared any 50 Cent, and there's no D12 here either. After rapping about how he was on the verge of putting out a diss record against Lil' Wayne, he actually appears on this album, although ironically, Eminem destroys him on 'No Love'. There are uncredited appearances too - '25 To Life' and 'Almost Famous' both benefit from a female hook, but the biggest surprise will surely be one time nemesis Pink, who actually adds so little to 'Won't Back Down' that she might as well be anyone.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Cullen on 2 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've grown up with Eminem's music since I was 9, and been a genuine fan since The Eminem Show. The previous albums haven't been his best; Encore was flawed, a number of brilliant songs in between tunes which seemed more an imitation of Slim Shady rather than the real Slim Shady. Relapse I enjoyed, but I can understand why it wasn't popular.

Recovery is a change in Eminem's style. If anything, it conforms to many current hip-hop and pop styles. Simple examples are the use of Pink and Rihanna in songs, where before Dina Rae (a relative unknown outside of rap) featured. Beats are faster, there are genuine hints of love ballads (instead of murder ballads), and it just seems like Eminem's accepted he's changed rap forever, but he can't change it any more. This may not be a bad thing. Slim Shady/Eminem/Marshall Mathers are each different entities, so leaving Slim Shady to rest, with the brilliant work he did may be the best way for Slim to quit as the dominant entity.

As for individual songs on Recovery, Not Afraid is brilliant, while So Bad is a classic (the fact it's produced by Dr Dre may not be a coincidence). Going Through Changes is probably my favourite, for the moment. W.T.P. is a weak song, and I wish someone else sang the chorus to You're Never Over, while the absence of D12 (even without Proof) or Dre is disappointing. It can be difficult to get into as you compare Recovery with Eminem's old work, but once you're past that, you can recognise the album's brilliance.

Inevitably, Eminem has grown up throughout his career. From rebellious lunatic, to annoyed genius, to concerned parent and American to grieving friend, most with healthy doses of humour included. We've grown up with him. Recovery is a veteran rapper masterfully plying his trade, and another evolution of Eminem for us to experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arpejo86 on 30 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Eminem is one of those artists that just can't go unnoticed. Your grandparents have probably heard of him even if they have never listened to the music.
I think that if people are not into him, it's either because they're not great fans of such music genre, or fail to understand that the often present violence in his lyrics is really just him exorcizing his demons. He's very clear about the fact that what he writes is not to be taken literally. It's instead more of a situation of a troubled artist accessing all that's negative in his life and putting it to paper. A way of coping with his own hardships.
With this, a question arises: Is his music suitable for children and young confused adolescents? It's probably not.

Now, there's certainly no doubt that he's pretty much standing alone in his own league since the release of his first album and especially since the release of The Marshall Mathers LP. Why? Because he took hip-hop music and rapping and upgraded it beyond measure. Because he's confessional. Because he's a contemporary poet that has mastered the art of writing and wordplay. He intrigues you and most importantly he makes you relate to what he writes, because he came from a place of nothingness and fought his way to a place of where he, as an artist, found fullfilment by doing what he loves. We relate because we, as human beings, love success stories. And I'm not talking about wealth, I'm talking about personal success, growth. About not being happy where you are and taking the steps in order to get to where you want to be. It's our every day life story.

Eminem has come a long way, from clear homophobe to supporter of same sex rights. From being addicted to prescription pills to a sober, aware parent. He's made many improvements in all areas of his life.
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