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Recovery was released in 2010 and is the always controversial rapper Eminem's most recent and seventh studio album. This album has a few trending topics throughout the songs including the death of one of his best friends Proof (RIP) and also his recovery from coming off drugs.
I think that this is one of Eminem's better albums and there is a good mix of both serious and crazier, fun songs on this album.
There are a total of 17 songs on this album, here is a quick re-cap of the track listing:
1. Cold Wind Blows
2. Talkin' 2 Myself feat. Kobe
3. On Fire
4. Won't Back Down feat. Pink
6. Going Through Changes
7. Not Afraid
9. No Love feat. Lil Wayne
10. Space Bound
11. Cinderella Man
12. 25 to Life
13. So Bad
14. Almost Famous
15. Love the Way You Lie feat. Rihanna
16. You're Never Over
17. Untitled (hidden track)
This is kind of a silly song, with the reference of being 'on fire' meaning that Eminem has came back on the top of his game and is better than the competition out there at the moment, it is a really catchy and cocky song and kind of stands out for me in the album just because of its silliness.
Won't Back Down feat. Pink
This is a song about stalking someone you like until they give in and go out with you, its full of confidence and attitude and with Pink singing the chorus and the use of an electric guitar, there is quite a rocky kind of feeling to this song which I really like. I would never have put Pink and Eminem together on a song, but I think that it really works and makes great listening.
Which stands for 'White Trash Party', this is a song about having a really crazy party, I don't really know what draws me to this song, but it is really catchy and upbeat which makes you want to sing along to it, I think this is the best song on the album and I listen to it the most out of all the other songs on this album.
This is a song about being in love with someone, though as the song comes to an end, like many of Eminem's songs, the relationship doesn't work out, I think he has taken inspiration from his on again off again ex-wife/mother to his child Kim from this song. It is quite emotional, especially at the end and is a really interesting song to listen to.
No Love feat. Lil Wayne
This song is another of my favourites, taking its chorus from the famous dance song 'What is Love' by Haddaway. This song features Lil Wayne, who is another rap artist I like, and has a really cool, confident and a little bit angry vibe to it, it is about rising up above the people in your life who are not really your friends. This song is probably joint 1st in my opinion for my favourite tracks on the album with W.T.P.
Love The Way You Lie feat. Rihanna
This is another fantastic song on the album, the chorus is sung by one of my favourite artists at the moment Rihanna and it is a really emotional and desperate song about being stuck in a really bad and abusive relationship where both partner is to blame. This song was really popular when it was released in 2010 and even though it was played out over this time, is still an amazing song and definitely worth a listen to.
The Rest Of the Album
I can honestly say that there are no songs on this album that I dislike or ever feel the urge to skip over when I am listening to this album, it is a really consistent album of track after track of great songs. I think that anyone who is a fan of Eminem will really appreciate this album and that it is much better than his previous album, Relapse, which I wasn't a big fan of.
You can pick this album up in HMV or any of the supermarkets or online, I got mine in HMV for around £12 2 years ago which wasn't too bad of a price as there are lots of great songs on it and I have got quite a bit of listening out of it, however after doing a little bit of online research I can see it in HMV for £9 now so that is an even better price
I think this is a fantastic album and think that it is a definite must have for any Eminem fans out there as it is the best work he has put out in a few years. There is a good mix of crazy fun and more serious emotional songs on this album and also quite a few big names such as Pink and Lil Wayne and Rihanna appear on this album. I really have enjoyed listening to this album and think that there are no weak tracks at all on it. Overall I would give this album 5 out of 5 stars.
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After Eminem had been criticised for his 'Relapse' album, which saw a change in his accent; which Eminem addresses in 'Recovery', 'Perhaps that last relapse cd was eehh, perhaps I ran those accents into the ground', the expectation of 'Recovery' was higher than before, as it seemed essential for him to deliver this time round.
And not to worry, as he does deliver, with a fantastic album. Eminem's rapping is shown at maybe it's best here, with his anger really coming across. My only criticism though, is that he doesn't vary his rapping quite enough in this album, as it would be nice to hear some varying dynamics.
The key tracks for me on 'Recovery' are 'Not Afraid', 'Love The Way You Lie', 'Talkin' To Myself'.
'Not Afraid' is an uplifting, inspirational track, where Eminem's passion comes across, and we really feel that this album is a recovery as Eminem has himself recovered. With a fast-paced drum beat, this song is always exciting and with lyrics such as 'Imma be what I set out to be without a doubt undoubtedly, and all those who look down on me, I'm tearing down your balcony', it is clear that Eminem's skilled and witty lyric-writing will be evident in this album too.
Eminem's range of topics that are shown in his lyrics help to show what a versatile and skilled musician he is.
I'll start off by addressing my title for this review, as it's a good place to start.
I say that this album is 'hard to judge' because, when you examine it, despite basically every track being fantastic in its own way and there being no real weak links, there's still this vague overtone of inconsistency in the mind left when contemplating its quality.
I've bounced back and forth with my opinion of 'Recovery' since its release. After the first few weeks of listening to it I actually considered it a classic. I no longer consider it a classic, but I think that it would be if Em and the Bass Bros had produced the entire album.
Which brings to me to what I feel is this album's major downfall, the production.
Before 'Recovery', I'd never truly realized how much of a difference (especially with Eminem's rapping) production can make. Despite Em's vocals still sounding sharp, dramatic and clear... overly loud or tacky production can still degrade the final effect.
Now that I've mentioned Eminem's rapping, how good is it here I hear you ask. That should be the main question on every fans tongue when it comes to a new Eminem album as his albums are always a showcase of skill and testament to his writing and ideas. Well, generally speaking, his writing and flows here are brilliant.
What's a little annoying is the fact Em felt the need to compromise his style and adapt to what's currently going on in rap. When he came onto the scene, he reinvented the wheel. Rather than adapt his natural style to what was being done, he went totally left-field and come out with something unheard of, and that became the new standard.
This album is the first time in his career that he truly appeared to consider the trends and subject-matter of other rappers more important than his own ideas and style. That isn't to say this album is a sell-out album or total compromise by the way. To suggest such a thing given the brashness, boldness and originality of the execution here would be absurd. No, it's not that he fully compromised, he just... adapted. An example of one adaptation, is punchlines.
Eminem has always spit punchlines in various forms but never in the simplistic way you see done here. On 'Recovery' you have an abundance of puns, and this is because this is what hip-hop is currently obsessed with. Some of his puns are brilliant, some are pretty bad. But he executes everything with such confidence and self-assurance, it doesn't really matter, or detract.
AGAIN, he opens the album perfectly, with "Cold Wind Blows". I think it's obvious from a few tracks on this album that he was aiming to recreate some of his older work in spirit and "Cold Wind Blows" is basically the "Kill You" of 2010. It's him shooting his mouth off, exercising his lyrical force for its own sake, playing with perception and character-play and indulging in vulgarity. It's also one of the best tracks he's created since his return, it's an instant classic.
I really will refrain from analysing every track here as I could probably write an insane amount on each of them. Not that every track is packed with substance but every track has a set of qualities worth dissecting and pouring over in some sense.
So after he opens with another bang, he self-lacerates and self-analyses on "Talkin' 2 Myself", which contains some of the most honest lyricism and confession he's ever uttered.
We move through a few more lyrical tracks ("On Fire", "Won't Back Down"), a satirical, self-deprecating party track, "W.T.P." and we come to "Going Through Changes".
At first, I had overlooked "Going Through Changes" because as a long time fan of Eminem, I'd frankly heard enough of his introspective work. Most of his fans appear to love this stuff and pour over every word of every introspective song he ever writes. To me, it's more lowly art than some of his other stuff though purely because it's pandering. It's pandering in the sense, it's appealing to people in the most basic sense...
It aims for emotional resonance and whilst it's not necessarily 'easy' to achieve emotional resonance in a serious way, Eminem could write these kinds of tracks in his sleep and simply being able to relate to something doesn't make it the be-all-end-all.
That said, the writing on this track is superb. Especially the closing lyrics... when you come to the closing verse of this track, you will hear an adult writer breathing through his pen. He's writing past wrongs and maturing through his work. And he executes it with a flow and style that makes it captivating regardless. It's another testament to his talent.
What I was most happy about with 'Recovery' was the return of concepts. Not that he doesn't always have concepts of some kind, but I mean... bare-faced concepts. Not just concepts within a hook or the odd line or two, I mean, all-out concepts.
A few more tracks in and you get to "Space Bound" which is one of the strongest songs on the album. It'd be a crime to disregard it or assume it's going to be cliché or predictable given its subject-matter (love / relationships) as his lyricism is second-to-none here. This is also another track that displays tremendous growth in his writing...
"We touch, I feel a rush, we clutch - it isn't much but it's enough to make me wonder what's in store for us. It's lust, it's torturous, you must.. be a sorcerous"
He now sounds like an adult. A lot of rappers never lose the slang or youthful attitude that can hold back growth, Eminem lets his age shine through his writing now. He's older, wiser and he's learned a lot, and his work now reflects that.
We also have "25 to Life" here which starts out sounding like a relationship track but is actually Em writing about hip-hop as a woman. This concept has been done before, by Common and later by Kanye ("Homecoming"), but neither wrote as astutely and convincingly as Eminem did here. And Em reveals the metaphor right at the end of the track. It's a powerful song and an emotional, well-executed one.
"Cinderella Man" is basically "'Till I Collapse" 2010 and is probably my favourite song from the album. Or certainly top three. It contains some of his most impressive lyricism in years and again, the closing lines are out of this world. And the concept is wonderful.
I'll just now mention "Almost Famous". This song is the rap equivalent of going ten rounds with Tyson. Eminem murders this beat, buries it and visits its funeral, with no remorse. The flow is from another planet and every time you hear it, it's like snorting cocaine (not that I'd know, cough ehem). I'd go as far as to say this is maybe the strongest song he's made since 'The Eminem Show' and that whole era. The writing is earth-shattering.
Eminem said he wanted this album to be a collection of the very best he could offer at this time, and you can really sense that. It's like he tried to make it a big meaty rap sandwich, with as little filler as possible, it's hardcore ingredients.
Anybody suggesting this album is 'soft' or 'pop' clearly doesn't understand those terms, or is misusing them, or hasn't properly heard the album, but is jumping to a snap perception. Or perhaps all of those things. This album is compromised in the sense that Eminem went with more popular produces and clearly tried to connect with the mainstream...
But do not let that fool you into thinking this album is watered down or lacking in passionate, hardcore lyricism and flows. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Overall, this is a collection of extremely strong tracks, and some of Eminem's best material in years. Its only true faltering is the production and that's because so many producers were used, so there's a sense of... or rather, a lack of a sense of direction. It feels kind of loud and a bit all over the place in a way. But surprisingly, over time, it seems to sound more and more consistent. Which is why I say it's hard to judge.
This album will either get better with age (which I suspect it will, given the amount of concentrated focus and effort Eminem put into the writing) or remain a confusing piece of work in his catalogue. If Em had produced this, I think it'd be a classic.
Four years was a very long time to wait for the Relapse album and lets be honest when it finally did arrive , it got alot of mixed feeling about it , personally i loved it but i have to admit it wasnt as good as what you would expect from the legend that is Eminem, then came Recovery and that was everything you would expect and much much more , listening to it i was smiling and all i could think was " its been a long wait but finally the big man is back " Recovery gave me that sort of feeling that i got when i would listen to "The Eminem Show " and in alot of ways i think it was a very similar sort of album but with less of the playing around like in "Without Me " and more about making a point that he is back and hes back strong, the album talks a little about what he went through and his drug problems but its more about being past that now and getting back to what hes best at and with the album selling 741,000 copies in the USA in just one week you know that when you buy this album your in for something very special , especially when it comes to lyrics .
When i say there is less playful songs like "Without Me" i DO NOT mean that all the fun has been taken out of the album Euro,songs like "WTP" "So Bad " and "On Fire" show you just how good Eminem can be. Other songs like "Talkin' To Myself " and of course "Not Afraid " are more serious and a brilliant track that i listen to over and over again dedicated to Proof "Your Never Over" is a great tribute to what was an amazing rapper.
I dont know what else to say , it is a fantastic album definatly one of his best full of amazing tracks that you will never tire of listening to , Eminem is still the man when it comes to hip hop and he is one of the best lyricists to take pencil to paper, with the featuring artists being Rihanna ,Kobi, Lil Wayne and Pink this make for a brilliant addition to your CD shelf.
featuring tracks :
Cold Wind Blows
Talkin' To Myself (feat Kobi)
Wont Back Down (feat Pink)
Going Through Changes
No Love (feat Lil Wayne)
25 To Life
Love The Way You Lie (feat Rihanna )
Your Never Over
Untitled ( hidden track )
Guess who's back? For all the haters who thought Eminem was out of the game once-and-for-all, he's here to prove you wrong with this new album. It's unbelievable to think that a rapper like Eminem, with his talent and fame, could ever be doubted by anyone. Many were led to believe that Eminem had lost his touch. Look at how far he's come. Remember when he used to be banned from the radio for talking smack about his mother and girlfriend? Now he's in mainstream media, performing at the Grammy's, and even doing interviews on 60 minutes.
This album is simply great. He's the same rapper he always has been: dissing celebrities, cussing left and right, and turning rhymes where you couldn't even see. Is Eminem the greatest rapper of all-time? That has yet to be determined, but with Recovery, he shows that he can get out of any rut. My personal favorites are "No Love", "Cold Wind Blows", "Talking to Myself", and "So Bad" because they show that Eminem has the same talents he's always shown to the public, but he can now have the assistance of famous friends, including other great rappers like Lil Wayne.
Despite Eminem's age, he is still able to re-invent himself by performing with other greats like Jay-Z, dressing in nicer clothes, not dying his hair, and spitting the best rhymes of his career to date. I am excited to see what Eminem comes out with in the future and prove everyone wrong...again.
If there was one person that I can say part of my life was lived through his eyes it would be me. The young boy without a real care in the world brought out his first 2 albums. Yes you saw gangster in him but, the one thing is we were seeing more potential in every album he made. I'm far from saying this is his pinnacle album, but what you hear and see in the videos going with this album was where he left off at the last album with the song "Beautiful".
This Recovery album shows you how a gathering of musicians, fellow singers can mold 17 songs into a masterpiece of Rap articulation that has made other rappers take a step back and just be in awe of this album. Pink and Rhianna helped out on this collaboration.
I don't know how to describe it, but I feel that every word and every note were so well balanced that each song had a it's own identity. It to me was rap yes we can establish that, but there was more music in it that I think other rappers will go by the standards of this album. This album has true meaning in it from his family, Kim, Haley and friends. I do feel he will be rewarded when the awards come out.
1. Cold Wind Blows 5:04 ***
2. Talkin 2 Myself 5:01 ****
3. On Fire 3:34 ***
4. Won't Back Down 4:26 ****
5. WTP (White Trash Party) 3:58 ***
6. Going Through Changes 4:59****
7. Not Afraid 4:10 ***** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s&ob=av2e
8. Seduction 4:35 *****
9. No Love 5:00 ****
10. Space Bound 4:39 ***** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-82fVfQ84JA
11. Cinderella Man 4:39 ***** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7SAY-_cLhE&feature=related
12. 25 to Life 4:02 ****
13. So Bad 5:25 ****
14. Almost Famous 4:53 ***
15. Love the way you lie 4:23***** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U&feature=related
16. Love you never 5:06 ***
17. "untitled" 3:14 ***
Not Afraid is one powerful song admitting he did wrong and he realizes that he has to become a man. He sees that no one will make his life better unless he does it himself. You hear the maturity in his lyrics, tired of who he once was.
Space Bound What happens when couples argue. You can feel Kim in this song. How much he loves her. This album you can feel it how he says he sorry for what he became. There are a couple songs where he mentions his love for Haley.
.Cindrella Man rapping about how he shouldn't be alive now, but he has a second chance now and he's not looking back. Totally awesome song as is the album.
25 to Life is a song fired up about Kim. How much he did for her and how she didn't appreciate him, how she used him. Rapping on he is going to divorce her, but he doesn't want to hurt his girl. It really was a shame on how she trounce him.
So Bad and Almost Famous are both cool songs on him bragging about his childhood. Almost Famous how he had fame and almost lost it and now he has a second chance he's not going to lose.
Love the Way you Lie is my favorite song on this album. Rhianna sings so sweet, all about a relationship that is based on lies and afraid saying good-bye. I've watched the video on this song and yes it did bring out a few emotions about my failed marriage.
A friend of mine calls me a dinosaur thug, but it's not like that at all. All of his songs have messages of Alpha Dog emotions. Just like his last album "Beautiful". His words for you to look at yourself in the mirror, "Don't let em say you ain't beautiful they can all get (f-word) just be true too you !!
Overall, A very entertaining album, you can feel the difference in his lyrics and the way this album is a focus on what he was and how it's a everyday process to change for the better.
Great Music to Play While: Driving
Whilst promoting this album on various shows through the summer 2010, Eminem warned that this album wouldn't contain the more humorous elements of his previous albums. This came as a relief to me, as his previous "comeback" album whilst not bad leaned to far in the direction of jokey, skitish subjects that got old after a few listens. This time he's back from a drug addiction and he still has a few things he wants to get off his chest..
1. Cold Wind Blows
This song, whilst not the best on the album is an excellent opener. He spits some entertaining lyrics during the verses and while the chorus is a bit grating, after a few listens you can appreciate the effort put into the verses.
2. Talkin To Myself
Eminem makes a little speech at the start about being back from his drug addiction, which is very nice but what about the actual song. Kobe provides an insanely catchy chorus and Eminem is on top form here, pretty much explaining how low he got during the last years and apologizing to his fans. It has a great electric guitar-like beat throughout which will entertain even those whom are not the the biggest fans of rap. I was surprised to see this wasn't a single because it is a song that any music fan will find a part they like.
3. On Fire
This song is more for the hardcore fans, in that it is more a showcase for Eminem's lyrical abilities. There is no denying he is on top form as far as rapping goes here, but a weak beat and a poor chorus means this makes for a skippable listen. As he even states himself during the song: "I just wrote a bullshit hook in between two long ass verses if you mistook the for a song...."
4. Won't Back Down
This song was my biggest disappointment from this album. When I saw it featured Pink I was expecting a strong track but Pink's vocals are dull here, with a soulless chorus her only contribution. Eminem is entertaining here but is drowned out by the over the top rock beat.
A poor attempt here at a dance-y sort of song, with stupid lyrics and subject matter this easily could have been put on 2004's Encore. Worst song on the album.
6. Going through Changes
The first of the more emotional songs on Recovery, Ozzy Osbourne is sampled here from the Black Sabbath song Changes with great effect, complimenting Eminem's dreary lyrics, painting a picture of his spiraling drug addiction. A very heart-felt song that makes for an engaging listen.
7. Not Afraid
The first single which announced Eminem's return to rap, this is a song proclaiming triumphant return for the Detroit boy done good. However despite the brilliant lyrics, the beat is actually quite weak, with a tinny drum machine combined with a simple keyboard line makes this a disposable track, one which you will get tired of quickly.
A song that takes a while to get started, it is a tired effort that seems rushed. Good luck trying to get past the two minute mark.
9. No Love
Lil Wayne opens this song, which was released as the third single. Normally I wouldn't be Lil Wayne's biggest fan put he provides the goods here, his slow delivery complimenting Eminem's manic rhyming. Some sick lyrics and a great chorus which bizzarely samples Haddaway's 80's hit "What Is Love". A top quality song.
10. Space Bound
This is a sort of ballad, with a senseless chorus sung so high that you can but suspect that Michael Jackson is singing it, whilst locked up in Eminem's basement. Interesting lyrics from Eminem make this a good but not great song.
11. Cinderella Man
A stomping beat and some inspired production makes this something you would hear in the club, sending bodies wild. While Eminem doesn't say much on the track the beat is so sick you can't but like it.
12. 25 to Life
Best song on the album. Exceptional and intriguing vocals from Liz Rodrigues with Eminem at his most emotional since "Stan" makes this an absolute class song.
13. So Bad.
After all that seriousness with the previous few songs, this a return to the more light-hearted Eminem in a similar vein to "Superman". A catchy beat makes this song a winner.
14. Almost Famous
Very similar to 25 to life in terms of both brilliance and lyrical anger from Eminem.
15. Love The Way You Lie
When I saw Rihanna on the tracklist I wasn't too convinced, given Eminem's previous claims to not be a pop star, this is certainly a pop song. A soaring chorus from Rihanna means you can't but sing along. However this is lyrically Eminem's worst song on the album. "Now you get to watch her leave/Out the window/Guess that's why they call it window pane". This is just one of the many bland lines in this song but as a pop song it does the job.
16. Your'e Never Over
This is an emotional tribute to Eminem's best friend Proof, who died in 2006. It's a shame then an otherwise fitting tribute is ruined by an embarrassingly bad hook by Eminem.
Nice little bonus track here, something for the die-hard fans.
Overall Recovery, while it takes a while to get going contains some of the best rap songs of 2010. There are a few consistencies but there is no denying Eminem has reclaimed the throne of Rap's Greatest.
Eminem has struggled over the years battling drug addiction and his music has certainly taken a hit. He originally shot to fame in the late 90s when he released The Slim Shady LP. This contained songs such as My Name Is. As the years progressed he had success with Stan ft Dido, The Way I Am and The Real Slim Shady.
In recent years he has been quiet having only released 1 album (before Recovery) since 2005. The album prior to Recovery, 'Relapse' wasn't as successful as his previous albums.
Recovery has seen Eminem return to his late 90s/early 00s success. At the end of June, Recovery had sold 7.5 million copies in the UK alone, and debuted at the no 1 spot on the charts.
The album sees Eminem collaborate with massive artists such as Pink, Rihanna, Kobe and Lil Wayne. His songs are once again about his life and tackle issues such as domestic abuse (Love the way you lie ft Rihanna), but is considerably more positive than his previous album Relapse.
The album is packed with potential hits, having already had two at this point (Not Afraid and Love The Way You Lie). Cinderella Man is also another massive track, that I predict will bring Eminem great success. The album is a blend of R&B, Rap with a slight rock twist in his song featuring Pink. It is a mixed bag in a good way, and with 17 tracks on the album, there will definitely be something for everyone.
Eminem - 2010
The first thing that struck me about this new album from the great white hope (in rap terms at least) is that there are no 'skits', hurrah, about time he grew up a bit and left the skits behind. They were fine on his earliest albums, but to be honest, have grown somewhat tiresome.
The 2nd thing that struck me is there are 16 tracks on this album, good value if you buy the whole album from iTunes at £7.99 (better than .99p per track anyways).
Of course, it is only good value if all the tracks, or at least the majority are worthy of buying. Judging by track one, 'Cold Wind Blows', this may not be the case; it aint good folks, it is still Em' trying to be 20 and angry, threatening to 'hang up the mic and telling us all how bad it all is....well, ya know what Em', you are rich and famous, give up this stuff and move on a bit!!
I'm not going to review every track here in detail here, simply reference them and highlight some of the better ones, and that does not include track 2 'Talkin' 2 Myself'. The truth is that by the end of track 2 I thought to myself 'déjà vu, heard it all before, even some of the same phrases' and ended up wondering if I should bother with all the tracks at all. Nonetheless I did persevere and track 3 is marginally better, at least it is more lyrical and melodic, but it still aint no winner!
I liked early Eminem, full of anger, full of doubt, arrogant and vulnerable in equal measures, misogynistic and homophobic trying desperately to be black, in short, f****d up, but that was a long time ago, before all his threats and insinuations to quit and his tiresome, 'no one understands poor little rich me' rants.
Track 5 'Won't Back Down' features Pink, and here we actually start to see a spark of something that really works for Eminem. Firstly we have a collaboration with a female singer as we do later with Rihanna; We have Eminem rapping with a 'metal' backing. Remember what a classic 'Mosh' was? I like this, I like the rawness, I like the urgency, I like the minor chords in the backing track that give it a sinister feel, I like Pink giving a nice edginess to the track, bit like a dark carnival (no reference to ICP intended).
Unfortunately track 6 (W.T.P) is just disjointed and really does nothing for me, track 7 is okay, nothing more, nothing less, another solemn rap about hard done by he is and how he hates to see his daughter seeing him like this...yawn.
Track 8 'Not Afraid' is one of the chart hits from this album and in truth it deserved to be. His rapping is crisp and understandable and it absolutely hits the rhythm word for note, very nice. I like the chorus that weaves in and out of the rapping. He is back to being what we expect of him, similar enough to all his other stuff to be instantly recognisable, yet different enough to make it stand out as a memorable track.
Track 9, 'Seduction' starts quite strongly it is Em at his arrogant best and 'dissing' everyone whilst bigging himself up. Quite interesting use of sexual imagery and lyrics to slag off his competition, one line for instance '7 CD changer in you're her car and I'm in every slot'. He carries on the sexual theme, easily mixing it with violent images, OMG don't let Germaine Greer hear this. This is a good song in it's originality, good.
Track 10, just boring, sorry Em'.
Track 11. 'Cinderella Man' The drum beat in the background sounds like 'We will rock you' Queen....that is the only interesting thing about this repetitive 'I was down but now I'm back' bore!
Track 12. '25 - Life'. I have no idea what the hell this song is trying to do, it's not a song, it's not a rap, it has no real start, no real ending...yuk.
Track 13, 'So Bad' is quite fun, very Dre influenced and gets back to earlier times when he raps about his family, his upbringing, his influences. Great bassline cutting through it all, nice key changes and little interjections of different instruments. I like this song a lot, a fair bit of self depreciation and comedic referencing. Love all the Slim Shady stuff he includes here.
By the time I got to 'Almost Famous', track 14, my hopes were raised that the last few tracks would make the album worthy of his previous releases. So when the first 20 seconds of the track started with just 'noise' I was somewhat disappointed; luckily by the time Em' starts, my attention had been held by the female vocal that led into Em'. Not bad at all, quite dark backing again, this does work and by now I was really looking forward to the next track, one I had heard many times and is without doubt the best track on the album.
'Love the way you lie' (Track 14). An incredibly powerful track for so many reasons. Lyrically this is Eminem at his very best, lines like 'I apologise even though I know it's lies', are very poignant. The fact that Rihanna is collaborating on a song about domestic violence makes it powerful. Her vocals, in their soulful clarity against Eminem's raw anger as he spits this rap are a fabulously delicious mix. I know I am not reviewing the music video here but you really do have to watch it, excellent and involving. Top song, destined to be as iconic to Eminem as 'Stan' was.
Track 15 'You're never over' is never going to be able to follow the last track, but if I'm being truthful, it wouldn't follow much. Confusing use of instrumentation that sounds like the sound system is mucked up and his lyrics are very passé.
The final track is titled 'untitled', clever so and so. The fairground style backing track works quite well and his rap is very much influenced by nursery rhymes; he has done this before (Mocking bird) and it works. It builds and builds until I am absolutely enthralled; nice finish Mr. Mathers, very showman like.
Not by any measure his best album. It lacks originality, and yet there are a couple of tracks that really are exceptional and for that it is worth buying. I suspect some of the weaker tracks will grow on me too. Worthy of £7.99? Just about!
For years I have been a huge fan of Eminem, I'm not generally a rap fan, but I've always found his lyrics fantastic to listen to and despite the fact that my mum hated me listening to someone like Eminem I have all of the other albums on my shelf upstairs. Over the years my mum has come to respect Eminem as an artist, especially more recently with his new releases of his latest album Recovery which I'll be reviewing today. For my 19th birthday she brought me his new album and today I'll tell you if it's worth yourself going out to buy it.
With the release of his 2009 album Relapse, the critics and even Eminem himself through it was possibly his weakest effort yet and everyone seemed to be rather disappointed. It wasn't very good, and I wasn't really sure if Recovery was going to be able to live up to the brilliance that he once was at.
Here as always I talk through all of the tracks and why you should either stay away from listening to them on the CD or why you should download them etc.
Track 1: Cold Wind Blows
When I first had this on in the car I was really disappointed, the start was pretty crap, and it was just too stupid and really just seemed like it belonged on his previous two albums which were very poor, but after listening to it a few times and listening to the lyrics, well reading them on the internet, I have really begun to like this song a little bit more. I am not against swearing in songs, but I was shocked with this track to begin with, with how many expletives this track actually does have. It's obviously not too much of a problem, but if you are not a fan of swears words in music then this track wouldn't be for you to listen to.
Rating: 5/10 (A nice track from Eminem but it takes quite a few listens to actually see the brilliance of it. The chorus is quite poor as well, way to repetitive)
Track 2: Talking To Myself
This track really is one you should try and listen to properly as the lyrics are really good. Eminem starts the track thanking everyone for being patient whilst he got everything together and the rest of the songs talking about him going away and the fact as soon as he went artists like Lil Wayne and Kanye came in and he felt awful because nothing he was creating was as good as that. The song as a whole is definitely a biopic for him, it is really strong and as always with Eminem I love the fact that he doesn't seem to leave anything else and puts everything he is feeling down on paper and this is a lovely track from the brilliant artist. Kobe provides brilliant vocals for the chorus, and adds a nice change to the song when it could have got a bit boring.
Rating: 8/10 (A fantastic track about Eminem describing the years he's been away from music)
Track 3: On Fire
This is one of the weakest tracks I've heard from Eminem in a long time, the rap is pretty poor talking about 'his day' as critics never seem to ask him. I was really disappointed listening to this track the first time, and have not listened to it since because it just didn't seem to all come together and just felt quite poorly produced.
Rating: 2/10 (A very weak track, the chorus is poor as is the main portion of the verse. The lyrics are good, but without a good beat and without the rest of the song coming together it just fail at every hurdle)
Track 4: Won't Back Down (feat Pink)
As most of you I love Pink as an artist, I really do think her voice is amazing, and when I heard she was on this album, I jumped on YouTube and was waiting throughout the whole song to try and find her part of the collaboration. She is in the song throughout, but it really does not sound anything like her and to be honest, it seems like anyone could have really have put their voice to this track and it would have worked out the same way. I really think this collaboration should have been fantastic, but it just all comes together quite badly and just becomes a waste of time and effort. The rap is the worst bit of the song however, it just seems like a mess, and it doesn't feel like any of it has been thought about much at all.
Rating: 3/10 (It should have been the best track on the album, but Pink and Eminem both do not live up to their potential and the song fails)
Track 5: W.T.P
W.T.P is a song which like most Eminem songs I wasn't too impressed with to begin with, it was just all a bit too boring, and when I tried listening to it whilst reading the lyrics which sometimes makes them feel a lot better, I was amazed at how many words is fitted into such a small piece of music. It's not a bad track, but I think it could have done with a collaboration to make it work a little better and a bit less boring. I do think 'proper' Eminem fans will love this track however, as I'm only one that likes a few tracks off every album usually.
Rating: 6/10 (It's not the worst Eminem song, and I can't call it bad, but it is quite boring to listen to, and I wouldn't recommend it to friends and family)
Track 6: Going Through Changes (feat Ozzy Osbourne)
For those of you that liked Black Sabbath back in the 1970's, you will know I'm sure the track Going Through Changes, and here Eminem samples the track and uses it for the chorus whilst he writes his own rap around the sample. It is a fantastic idea and it really does work between Eminem and Ozzy and it's really a very good track. I found it's better on the third or fourth listen, so if you like it first time around then I'm sure you'll be pleased with this track.
Rating: 8/10 (A very good collaboration as Eminem samples the Black Sabbath classic. A fantastic track which grows on you with every listen)
Track 7: Not Afraid
Until this track I would have said it was a toss up between Stan and Lose Yourself for my favourite Eminem track, and I do think this track does beat Lose Yourself however for me Stan seems to always steal the limelight. This track is absolutely fantastic, and even my mother who respects Eminem but wouldn't willingly listen to the track has turned it up a few times in the car. Firstly the lyrics are actually listenable, and by that I mean there isn't too many of them and you can actually hear what he is talking about. The song is so catchy and it talks about Relapse his previous album and how in his own words was "eehhh" and how he'll never go back to that style. It is one of the best Eminem tracks I've heard and it's one I would recommend listening to on YouTube.
Rating: 10/10 (A fantastic, catchy track and I found it quite clean compared to his other tracks on the album which always seems to go down well with some people. A really strong track)
Track 8: Seduction
This track is not one I remember listening to in the car, where the CD has been kept for the past 2 weeks, it starts off very slow and to be honest I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Again the lyrics are strong, and Eminem's rap is brilliant, but for me it just is all too slow for me and I think Eminem works better when he's rapping at speed. The verse seems to go on for a long time before the chorus comes in which sounds like it belongs on a Pop artists CD. It just doesn't all seem to go together in the way I would have liked it to have done. Its not a bad track, but everything is just a bit too slow.
Rating: 5/10 (It's not a bad song, but it's too slow and becomes boring around the 2 minute mark)
Track 9: No Love (feat Lil Wayne)
Another very slow track from Eminem, Lil Wayne's rap at the beginning feels like he is really struggling to read the lyrics of a piece of paper in front of him as they are really slow and just take half an hour to get to the point. The song at over 5 minutes is very long and I really think the only good bit about this song is Eminem's rap and it's a shame that Lil Wayne's bit is not sped up a little bit, because it would have been a brilliant track.
Rating: 4/10 (Eminem's bit is worth a lot more than this but the song as a whole it really was disappointing and it should have been so much better. Lil Wayne's part ruins the track for me)
Track 10: Space Bound
My mate who also has the album says he hates this track as it sounds like a ballad rather than a rap track and I agree with him but the track as a whole works brilliantly. The previous tracks were slow, but they didn't have anything to make them interesting, but the lyrics in this track are brilliant, the instruments used in the background adds more depth to the song is brilliant. I was a bit disappointed with the chorus which I think is sung in too high of an octave and only dogs will be able to hear that this particular bit is in tune. A really good strong track, it's just a shame about the chorus.
Rating: 9/10 (It would have been a 10/10 if the chorus wasn't so painful, but the rest of the song is fab, it's got a ballad feel to it, but it seems to work)
Track 11: Cinderella Man
This is another nice track from Eminem, it's got a strong beat throughout it and the addition to people singing 'Cinderella Man' throughout is brilliant. From what I can gather Eminem is Cinderella Man is he shouldn't be here right now and he's lucky because he has got a second chance to make their life good. I'm not sure if he's talking about his life in general and the drug usage or everything else that has happened, or the second chance he's been given with this album which despite a few flops has been a lot better than Recovery.
Rating: 7/10 (A good strong track, it's nothing special but it's worth listening to)
Track 12: 25 To Life
At the beginning of the track I thought he was talking about his ex-wife Kim and I believed this was aimed at her however right at the end of the track he says '**** you hip hop, I'm leaving you, my life sentence is served"l. No matter what you believe this track is about the song is fantastic, the lyrics are strong and it's very easy to listen to. I think the singer on Space Bound provides the same lyrics for the Chorus here as they are just as painful to listen to. A good track talking about all the sacrifices he has made either to Hip Hop and now he is leaving that behind him and now making it on his own.
Rating: 7/10 (Another average track, it's nothing special but is nice to listen to)
Track 13: So Bad
Another good track, it has something about it that reminds me of one of his other songs which I can't really put my finger on right now, but I really do love listening to the song as it's the first time that the lyrics are quite comical and are a joy to listen to. He really does talk about everything on his albums and this track really works well together, mainly due to the fantastic lyrics.
Rating: 8/10 (A very strong track and a joy to listen to)
Track 14: Almost Famous
This track is not really worth talking about too much, it begins off with another voice singing some weird voice and the rest of the track just doesn't seem to gel together in my opinion. The lyrics are too complicated and in a lot of the track it's very hard to hear what the hell he is saying. It's not really worth paying too much attention to and I was quite disappointed.
Rating: 2/10 (Another very poor track which is more annoying than slightly good)
Track 15: Love The Way You Lie (feat Rihanna)
I've waited 15 tracks to write my review on this gorgeous track, the first time I heard this track was actually in Turkey on the boat trip and they played it a couple of times and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I'm not usually a huge fan of Rihanna, until recently I had not bothered to go anywhere near her songs, but I think her vocals on this song are fantastic and they work brilliantly together with the rap that Eminem provides. I think it's a shame that Pink didn't lend her vocals to this track instead as it would have been brilliant. The lyrics Eminem provides are amazing and they are quite easy to sing along to as well. I was clubbing last night and I found everyone was singing along to even Eminem's part of the track which happens very rarely. The whole song is quite slow, but it just all gels together brilliantly and it is a fantastic song no matter where you listen to it.
Rating: 10/10 (One of the best Eminem songs ever. I do think I prefer Not Afraid but it's up there with the likes of Stan and Lose Yourself in my opinion)
Track 16: You're Never Over
I found that this track made you listen and I was really impressed the first time I heard it. It's another really good track on the album, it's no where near as good as teh previous track but in relation to a lot of the tracks on the album it's strong as Eminem's rap is brilliant and it all seems to work.
Rating: 8/10 (A good strong track from Eminem)
Track 17: Untitled (Bonus Track)
As always the Bonus Track does seem to be a waste of time. It's not a good track and not really worth the extra space it has taken up on the album.
Rating: 2/10 (Very boring and just a waste of space really on the album)
I have recently listened to one of Eminem's older albums and found myself shocked when I compared it to this one, at how mature he's got over the years. Yes we all know he has always been famous for the fart gags and all of the controversial lyrics he used to spew, but this album doesn't seem to have any of it, he's not complaining about his fame anymore and he is finally saying thank you to all of us that have supported him over the years and giving us his opinion on his life and how much his fans and what they have done for him and how much it means to him.
This album features quite a few collaborators, with the likes of Pink, Rihanna and Lil Wayne, Eminem is really showing that he has grown up a little bit as he's not really using the people that he's collaborated before and to be honest some of them really quite work on this album. I found the collaboration with Pink to be the biggest disappointment on the album, he really did have the opportunity to make a fantastic track with her and it failed, big time.
The intensity of the raps is amazing, the way he rhymes and the way everything comes together has always taken my breath away, but I found some of the songs on the album, most specifically Not Afraid and Love The Way You Lie to be some of the best raps I've heard from him in a very long time. I think this album especially shows how much he has matured, instead of taking the piss out of other people, he is taking the mic out of himself, most specifically his failings in the album Relapse. In the track 'Talking To Myself' he raps "This time it's different/the last two albums didn't count/I've got something to prove to fans/please accept my apologises". To be honest I was shocked to hear Eminem these sorts of lyrics, this album is really an apology to everyone who brought and hated the previous two albums and that he is proving to fans that he can do what he used to be able to do.
The album as a whole is not the best Eminem album I've heard, there is a lot of problematic tracks on the album, and the main problem I had was quite a few tracks felt unfinished and quite boring in some places. There are also too many tracks on the album, 17 to listen to, when about only 7 are worth listening to is quite annoying and to be honest, I wish he had made a smaller album with the better songs on.
The two tracks to definitely listen to is Not Afraid and Love the Way You Lie, both have amazing lyrics and raps from Eminem and the latter is brilliantly collaborated by Rihanna and both just are what I think Eminem was hoping for when he put together this album. I also really liked Talking To Myself which is the most biopic track on the album and it is the one track which is specifically aimed at his fans and it is him just talking to them. I think it's fantastic and it works brilliant.
You are not going to enjoy this album if you are not really a big fan of rap music; it is of course what Eminem is all about. I would recommend if you are beginning to get into rap music, listening to this album because there is no doubting that Eminem is the king of rap and this album really does show why everyone loves his music, and with this album he really has got rid of all of the bad stuff on his last two albums. His music is fantastic to listen to most of the time, but on this album I felt that the poor songs were just too slow and to be honest too long.
You can currently buy this on Amazon for £8.93 and I assume that is where mine was brought from, you can also download it from ITunes for £7.99 which I think is a brilliant price for this album.
Please take a listen at the two singles off this album 'Love The way You Lie' and 'Not Afraid' as they are pure genius and are fantastic pieces of music. If you liked Eminem's previous work then this album is definitely for you.
Thank you for reading.
Hope it helped.
(C) Kirsty 2010
I quite like Eminem. I wouldn't necessarily call myself an Eminem fan ; I don't really like the whole rapping thing , although what I do like is his music. I find he has some of the most beautiful melodies to his songs ; great catchy choruses , which wouldn't go a miss as part of a ballad song. Over the years , I have grown to like Eminem's music quite a lot (although I am not that keen on him) and so after not 'hearing from him' for a while , I was excited when I heard that he had a new album out.
Recovery is the latest album from US rapper Eminem ; released in the United Kingdom on June 21st 2010. Believe it or not , this is actually the seventh album from Eminem , and is available from Amazon at a great price of £8.93. The album which is over an hour long contains seventeen tracks and so you are getting great value for your money.
1) Cold Wind Blows 2)Talkin' 2 Myself 3)On Fire 4)Won't Back Down 5)W.T.P 6)Going Through Changes 7)Not Afraid 8)Seduction 9)No Love 10)Space Bound 11)Cinderella Man 12)25 to Life 13) So Bad 14)Almost Famous 15)Love The Way You Lie 16)You're Never Over 17)Untitled
I own a few Eminem albums (not all of them , just a few of his latter albums) and so the first thing I did when I heard the album was compare it to his other songs. This is definately a new chapter for Eminem , as he takes things to another album. It is hard to say whether this is better or worse than his other albums as there is quite a change. At first , I would have said that it wasn't as good as his other albums , although now that I have had a good listen to it , it is definately growing on me and so I would recommend that if at first you don't really like it , give it a chance and I am certain that you will change your mind.
One thing that I noticed about this album , is that Eminem does a lot more singing.Although Eminem can sing , by that I mean , he can hit the notes and stay in tune , although it is fairly easy to say that he does not have a pleasant singing voice , however , in an odd way , this works out as an advantage to me because , it is often the 'singing bits' (the melodies not Eminem's actual voice) that I like most about the song , and so more singing , results in more music 'that I enjoy' , if that makes sense.
There are some great tunes on this album ; so dramatic , each having a big story to tell. The tracks which stand out the most for me are : WTP (such a great party song as it has a really great beat that just makes you wanna get up and dance!) , Space Bound (has a lovely melody) and Not Afraid (maybe the best song on the album). I was suprised to learn that Eminem has teamed up with both Pink and Rihanna to spice things up a bit. I didn't realise that he did one song with Pink and one with Rihanna. The first time I heard the song with Pink , I thought that sounds like Pink , and then I thought 'na , it's probably someone who just sounds like her' , and then when it got to the Rihanna song I was like 'I'm sure this is Rihanna' , so that was a shock , as I would never ever have expected him to team up with such successful artists. I was suprised as had I known before that the artists were going to collaborate I would have thought 'that's just not gonna work!' , but you would be suprised at how well it does actually work.
This album seems to have a more laid back and relaxed attitude to it. Even Eminem himself seems chilled out , and not so as 'aggressive' and 'in-yer-face' like previous albums. He has also last that whole 'annoying' thing about him , that he used to have in so many of his songs , and so it is nice to see him acting more mature. It's weird , because just a few years ago , he was like this annoying young lad , yet I still liked his music , and now it seems as though he is a mature young man!
I have always admired Eminem's way with words ; I think in that respect he has go to be one of the most talented songwriters ; it seems the words just come to him effortlessly and there is definately no sign of 'forced' lines to make it rhyme! I cannot emphasise enough how great a writer I think he is ; a real true talent , who could teach a few other artists a thing or two!
Obviously , it is Eminem , and so due to the amount of swearing and violence , it's not suitable for children!
If you love Eminem , or like his most recent songs ,then I would recommend giving this album a go!
Thanks for reading!
July 28th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Releasing a new album the week after 'the most anticipated Hip Hop album of 2010' may seem a little silly if you were anyone other than the biggest-selling rapper of all-time. Eminem took on the challenge and succeeded, "Recovery" swiftly knocking Drake's début release from the top of the Billboard and UK R&B chart top spots. He reminded the industry of his power and influence over the game with an all-new release with the power of just one smash hit single.
Dr. Dre's "Detox", Hip Hop's version of Gun 'N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy", was said to be pushed back by the recording of this album. On the face of it, Dre's co-production credits to just one of the tracks ("So Bad") may seem like a very poor excuse, but he also acted as the executive producer. Overlooking the whole process, Dre seems to make up for further delays by contributing to an Em' future classic. He may have been the backbone to his 2009 release, but he takes a step back this time around and allows outside collaborators to get a chance to shine. The line-up who turns up to take on that role is impressive and their reputations are upheld with the content of the release. Just Blaze doesn't disappoint as he comes in with his typical sample-driven approach complete with slapping jeep-pumping bass for the album's opener and a later track, where he surprisingly uses a Eurodance classic for the hook. Mr. Porter's expected and he turns up to deliver the goods for a one-off here too. Newcomer Boi-1da gives a nice range with the two he contributes to the record. However, it's DJ Khalil who gets the most airtime with this record and he ensures that he doesn't waste his four opportunities as he consistently deliver bangers for him.
The album shows no signs of the rushed process taken to get the music out as quickly as possible. Originally, this was expected to be the 'part 2' of "Relapse", but instead became his "Recovery" as he works towards full health. "On Fire" gives a sense of his lyrical dexterity as he displays a range of unique delivery patterns and unleashes them seamlessly. He dominates at times where he seems comfortable, but then he also triumphs when challenges himself by rapping about more personal subject matter such as with "25 To Life". Those who've followed his career repetition of old topics do come about, but he balances this well with all-new perspectives after going through recent hardships.
Just as his 1996 début and "Encore", this release doesn't feature a big comedy single. The rapper appears to rap with much more focus through the entirety of the release. He doesn't mess up the flow by throwing out a novelty track which would take away from its potential as a timeless masterpiece - which this seems to be. Singing was often a feature of those tracks, but here he uses his melodic vocals to create memorable hooks; inviting listeners to sing along with him. The most notable example is the uplifting lead single "Not Afraid", and it certainly adds to the release's likeability. He makes up for not having a "We Made You", "Without Me" or "My Name Is"-like single with "W.T.P", but stresses that this shouldn't represent the contents of this release by not having a physical release and video to go alongside it.
Some may be disappointed by a lack of rap features, but the rapper has never been the sort to rely on that sort of assistance on his records. His support for newcomers such as Drake and B.o.B. doesn't lead to them having any sort of appearance on this record. However, he does allow a little room for a certain New Orleans MC to poke his head through on "No Love". The fact that Lil Wayne is currently imprisoned and was when this record came out means that his verse sounds a little hollow, but the content of his rhymes do satisfy the needs of those who are desperate to hear what he recorded before serving his near-year-long sentence. Aside from rappers, Em' has some bigger unexpected guests. Seemingly out of nowhere, the chaotic "Won't Back Down" produces a chorus from Pink and similarly the Pop megastar Rihanna bursts out for "Love The Way You Lie". The latter of them may not be the best, but Eminem's storytelling abilities make up for Rihanna's updated "Unfaithful" performance.
The extras on the album seem to be just as valuable as the rest of the release. Fans are treated to three extra songs, in addition to the sixteen in its main body. A playful "Untitled" track ends the standard version, but on the iTunes edition Em' treats listeners to another taste of what else Dre has been up to in his absent years. The best of the bonuses has to be "Session One". With a great deal of speculation over whether Hip Hop's most controversial super-group, Slaughterhouse, would sign to Eminem's label, having the four of them perform alongside him for a monster Just Blaze-produced banger certifies their allegiance.
Overall, this stands as a clear stand-out release in Eminem's career. While time must go by to see whether or not it manages to take on the same classic status as "The Slim Shady LP", by the looks of it, it seems that it should be the case. It's an extremely consistent release with the rapper commanding the microphone with ease as he allows his abilities to deliver great wordplay, stories and even comedy with an abundance of twists and turns with his rhymes. It's highly-recommended and would be just enough if he decided that it was his last.
1. "Cold Winter Blues" **Five Stars**
2. "Talkin' 2 Myself" (feat. Kobe) **Five Stars**
3. "On Fire" **Five Stars**
4. "Won't Back Down" (feat. Pink) **Five Stars**
5. "W.T.P." **Five Stars**
6. "Going Through Changes"
7. "Not Afraid" **Five Stars**
8. "Seduction" **Five Stars**
9. "No Love" (feat. Lil Wayne) **Five Stars**
10. "Space Bound" **Five Stars**
11. "Cinderella Man" **Five Stars**
12. "25 to Life" **Five Stars**
13. "So Bad" **Five Stars**
14. "Almost Famous" **Five Stars**
15. "Love the Way You Lie" (feat. Rihanna) **Four Stars**
16. "You're Never Over" **Five Stars**
17. "Untitled" **Five Stars**
18. "Ridaz" **Five Stars**
19. "Session One" (feat. Slaughterhouse) **Five Stars**
Well I haven't written a review in over a year, and I have plenty of free time to start writing again, and what could be better to write about than one of my favourite rap artists of all time Eminem and his new album 'Recovery'.
===Who is Eminem?===
For those who don't know, Eminem, who's real names is Marshall Mathers II and is 37 years old is such a big star worldwide. When Eminem first started to rap, because he was white he wasn't accepted in the rap community as easily as other rap artists such as another one of my favourites, Jay-Z. Over the years Eminem has released some great tracks and some not so great tracks, although the majority of his songs have had a lot of effort put into them. What makes Eminem's songs so special is that all of his songs reflect on his own personal thoughts and you can actually believe what he says because the story being told through the use of rap and the lyrics he uses. Eminem has had an interesting life shall we say, sometime for the good and sometimes for the bad. The range of what Eminem sings about is very wide. One song you can hear him talking about his exes, such as Mariah Carey, or his drug use, and most importantly to him his daughter Hailie. Eminem uses great lyrics that are sometimes rather offensive, then they can be really well thought out and can ryhme, and there is also a lot of reference to other artists and actors etc. Eminem's songs sometimes can be quite serious, such as on the new album, 'Not Afraid' is probably the most serious song, whereas 'Cold Wind Blows' has parts in the song which make you laugh to due the lyrics Eminem uses and the tone of voice he uses.
There really is too much I could say about Eminem but this review is about his album and not him, but this summary gives you an insight to what he is like and what his album will feature.
It has been a year since Eminem has released an album, which was Relapse, which wasn't as popular as some of his other albums such as the Marshall Mathers LP and his new Album Recovery. The albums name is simple but this one word shows that Eminem is back after being at rehab for a year. The albums front cover shows Eminem on the 'Road to Recovery'. The name of the album and the image on the albums cover are both simple but both show that Eminem is back for good and has made a Recovery, and has been on the road to recovery for the past year and now has brought out this album to proove that he is a changed man!
1. Cold Wind Blows
'Cold Wind Blows' is the first track on the album, and I couldn't think of a better track to open up Eminem's newest album. When the track first plays, you hear Eminem talk and ryhme and then you hear a pause and then the repeated use of 'De De De Dum Dum Da Dum' is heard here which is used later on in the song at several occasions. This song is a good one to start of the album as it is one of those original Eminem tracks which includes reference to Eminem's ex Mariah Carey and has some humouristic lyrics involved in it. This song seems to be about Eminem himself and other people wanting to be like him. I found myself singing the chorus of this song earlier which has quite a catchy tune to it, although this isn't my most favourite track on the album, but it comes close. There is so much packed into this song. There aren't just lyrics but there are effects used such as when you hear the lightening strike and when it seems like Eminem is having a conversation with someone else. This song contains elements of the 'Patriotic Song' by the Gringos, which I haven't heard but the elemtns can be noticed in the song.
2. Talkin' 2 Myself Ft. Kobe
This is one of my favourite songs on the album. When I first listened to the track I was very impressed by Kobe's voice, even though I hadn't of heard of him before. He sings the chorus to the song which is quite catchy and I have found myself singing it time and time again. Eminem comes in after the chorus is sang at the start of the song and then sings his own. The lyrics in this song are really strong and make you understand how Eminem feels. This song is basically about Eminem being on his own, hence 'Talkin' To Myself', and also it is about when people feel like they have to give up, but this song is saying not to give up and you'll get back on track if you do something about it. This is a nice long track that I haven't got bored with yet and I enjoy listening to this when I feel down.
3. On Fire
This track is one of my least favourites on the album. It is still a good track, but the lyrics don't seem as strong as other songs on the album, and Eminem's voice doesn't sound as good as it does on the rest of the album. This song has some funny lyrics in it even though Eminem is singing about something serious. There is a sample of the song 'Peace and Love' by Mandrill used in this song which makes the track a little more interesting because of the sample being featured. The best part of this song is the chorus that Eminem sings, but the rest of the song isn't greatly enjoyable to listen to and the song is only 3.33 minutes long, which is the second shortest on the album.
4. Won't Back Down Ft. P!nk
This was one track on the album I was looking forward to hearing when I saw that P!nk featured on the track, although P!nk doesn't really get to showcase her voice much when she sings the chorus, as it is rather short and the lyrics aren't sang that powerfully. Even though P!nk doesn't has a massive part on the track, the fact that she features on the album and is collaborating with Eminem is a treat considering they are two massive stars. Eminem's voice is really good in this song, and the track is rather a long one being 4.26 minutes long. The song doesn't have a great ending as it is just the chorus that P!nk sings repeated over again and I found myself thinking 'Was that it' at the end of the song. Near the end of the song, there is a part in the song where Eminem sais 'Tryna turn me down, turn me back-up', where the music's volume is reduced and is then put back to its original volume, which is quite a bright idea. This isn't the best track on the album, although Eminem once again makes his point on this song and makes me laugh once again with his rap abilities so I can not say this is a bad track.
When I first noticed the name of this track, I tried to work out what it stood for. In the song the name can be worked out from the lyrics which reveal the name as 'White Trash Party'. When I first heard this song, I wasn't too keen on it, after listening to it a few times I have took a greater liking to it. The track begins with a good beat and a man repeating the words 'Yeah'. This has became one of my favourite tracks on the album due to the good lyrics used by Eminem, and also his voice sounds better than it did on the last track. One of my most favourite parts of the song is when it makes a reference to one of my favourite TV shows 'South Park'. I won't spoil the song too much but this part made me laugh, much like other parts of the song that made me laugh. This song is something different for Eminem to sing about as he usually sings about his struggle, love, drugs etc, but this song is a whole different idea. The song lasts for 3.58 minutes which is a fair length and seems like a perfect length. This song at parts is quite sexist, which you will probably notice, but it makes sense as the people involved in 'White Trash Parties' are usually quite sexist and Eminem mentions he doesn't have to be a 'Wife Beater' which relates to how they act. Definitely one of my favourites on the album and something I never expected.
6.Going Through Changes
This is another great track on the album. This track is about Eminem and the changes he has faced in the past. The song is a little slower than some of the other tracks on the album, and is quite an emotional one and makes you feel sorry for Eminem after the lyrics in the song are heard, for example when he tells us he lost his best friend through drugs. This is another song that mentions Eminem's daughter several times and shows the importance of her to him which makes you realise how you should appreciate who and what you have. This song contains a sample of the song 'Changes' by Black Sabbath, who are one of my favourite bands of years ago, which makes the track even more special for me. This song really shows how Eminem feels and makes you understand what he has went through and shows how life can be difficult at times. The lyrics ryhme with each other quite well in the verses which is always impressive and makes the song stand-out. This track reminds me of Eminem's previous single 'When I'm Gone' as it is quite an emotional one and makes you feel for Eminem, and has everything in it. Everything being great lyrics, good ryhmes and a lot of reference to Eminem's life.
Great Track, 9/10
7. Not Afraid
This is the song on the album that really shows what the album is about. This was the first track to be released from 'Recovery', and I can't think of any other track that would be perfect to be released as the first single. This song is about Eminem being on the road to recovery and how he hasn't let anything stop him from being back to his proper self. This song has everything! Great lyrics, great rap and even good music in the background of the song which all contribute to making the track a number 1 single. Nearly all of Eminem's songs have genious lyrics, but this one possibly outstands any other song with it's genious lyrics. If you haven't heard it then you will be very impressed with the lyrics when you do hear it. The chorus in this song is rather catchy, which is always important to a song. There are some parts in the song that have quite strong language which of course had to be cut to be released on the radio, but nearly all of Eminem's song have offensive words in them so this song isn't any different in that sens. This is possibly my most favourite track of the year. It is such a great comeback song for Eminem and just goes to show that if you don't give up then you will suceed, and that is exactly what Eminem has done here.
This song is fantastic, definately the best track on the album. Well worth a listen. 10/10.
This song is completely different to the previous song, and is much slower. The song begins with a high-ish pitched synthesiser sounding and then a man's voice comes in, and also if I'm not mistaken Timbaland's voice repeats a few words. This is a song that is about love, which is completely different to the last track. Almost every song you hear is about love, but the difference with Eminem singing about love is that he mentions everything he could about how he feels about it, which makes his songs about love stand out a whole lot more. The songs lyrics are a little more simple than the last couple of tracks, but they are still as good as usual. The song is rather a slow one, although at one point Eminem speeds up his rap and just goes to show you how skillful he really is at what he does. This song is like the calm after the storm, with the storm being 'Not Afraid' and this song being the calmer one that comes after it. I can't really see this song being released as a single, although I quite like it, even though it isn't as good as many other Eminem songs. The chorus is quite catchy once again and have found myself singing it while writing about it, Eminem's songs are so infectious! This song is a lot different to other songs on the album, and it isn't a complete let down.
Not the best, but not the worst. 7/10
9. No Love Ft. Lil' Wayne
This is another fantastic song on the album. When I first listened to the song, I recognised the sample that it uses as 'What Is Love' by Haddaway, which was released in 1993 and was a successful dance song, and is the perfect song to use to sample in this song. The song starts of rather slow and quite sad sounding, but this picks up and Lil' Wayne's voice is soon heard. At first when I heard this song, I kept thinking 'Why is it just Lil' Wayne singing'. I began to think that Lil' Wayne was singing the whole song, but Eminem comes in later on. I have never been overstruck on Lil' Wayne's voice for some reason, although it is fair to say he is a good rapper and absolutely nails this song with his verses! Eminem comes into the song after about two minutes where a very powerful verse is sang between the two men. Eminem then goes back to his rapping after the chorus and nails the second half of the song much like Lil' Wayne had done with the first. Once again the lyrics are brilliant throughout the whole song, especially in the second half of the song with Eminem. You can hear the passion in Eminem's voice here much like you could in 'Not Afraid'. This is another one of my favourite songs on the album. This song has everything, much like 'Not Afraid', but this time a sample is used from an older song and Lil' Wayne features on it, which makes it ever more special. This is possibly the best collaboration between Eminem and another artist. You'll have to listen to this one, it's brilliant!
10. Space Bound
It just keeps on getting better! This song is another cracker on the album. When I first heard it I didn't think it was as good as some of the other songs I had heard on the album as it started off quite slowly, but when i actually listened to what the lyrics were all about, I was really impressed. I know I keep mentioning 'good lyrics' but this is one song with a couple of other on the album that really show how amazing Eminem's lyrics can be, and how much meaning they have in them. Eminem's rapping is once again great in this song and I kept finding myself thinking 'Wow' after I had heard the song because I was so impressed, mainly because of the lyrics. The chorus is quite likeable in this song, possibly my most favourite chorus on the album. Eminem doesn't sing the chorus however, it is a man's voice which is rather high but it fits with the rest of the song. This song also uses an interpolation of the R.E.M. song 'Drive'. I hadn't heard the song before but listened to it and could recognise the music in 'Space Bound', which actually sounds better here than it did with 'Drive'. At the begining of the song, Eminem's rhyming is great and just impressed me so much. This song has so many good points in it which makes it another favourite on the album. This song is completely different to the last song , and the one before that. That is another thing I love about Eminem, as well as his genious lyrics etc, is that he sings about a lot of different things and his songs are not always about love like most artists sing about. This song is another brilliant one on the album, got to like it!
11. Cinderella Man
After the last couple of songs on the album being exceptional, this one unfortunately doesn't match up to the standard of these songs. The song begins with a clapping-like noise, much like at the beginning of Queen's 'We Will Rock You'. This repeats throughout the whole song, and after about 10 seconds of the song, a man's voice is heard singing 'Ah Ehhh' and then the words 'Cinderella Man' are repeated her, and a lot of times throughout the song, which get's a little annoying, although once again I have found myself singing 'Cinderlla Man, Cinderla Man', regardless of this annoyance. Even though this song isn't as good as the last two, it still isn't a bad one. Eminem once again shows us some great lyrics and shows off his fantastic rap abilities. To be honest, the beginning of the song isn't as good as later on. The chorus is nothing special, but just the man's voice singing a few lines, which let's the song down a bit. The song is 4.39 minutes long, which is a little long in my opinion, as it is pretty much the same thing repeated over and over again. Although the song is rather repetative and is a little boring at points, I have found myself tapping my foot to the beat. The lyrics are just great once again, and Eminem's rapping is not a dissapointment so I can't complain about the song too much. I can't see this song being released as a single in the future.
Not a bad one, not the best, bit too long , see what you think of it 7/10.
12. 25 To Life
This song is another good one. When I first heard it I was really impressed with it. There is a voice heard at the beginning of the song, which is a woman repeating the words 'Too late for the other side, caught in a chase 25 To Life', which are sang quite softly, which suggests that the song is rather serious and is more of one of those emotional Eminem tracks. This song really makes you think about certain aspects of life if you really listen to the lyrics. The lyrics in this song are, as per, exceptional. They are sang very well by Eminem here and you can hear that he has put a lot of effort into performing the song. The chorus goes really well in the song, and the music in the background, sythesisers, guitars etc all add to the the greatness of the track. This is another one of my favourites because it really makes you think if you listen to it properly, and it made me feel for Eminem a little and gives me greater respect that he has been through this sort of thing and has came back out on top. This track is another one where you can hear Eminem straining his voice, which I think is a good point because this shows how much effort and emotion he is putting in his rapping. The ending of the song is quite effective, as it is the chorus repeated, but the woman singing it has her voice echoed which is something used to start making you think about what happened with the story of the song, and also the voice is echoing gives you the idea of moving away from previous situations mentioned in the track. Overall, this is a fantastic track with everything in it. I can see this being released as a single and if it were to be, I think it would be rather successful.
13. So Bad
This song is the longest on the album, being 5.25 minutes long. The song begins with trumpet like instruments playing and sounds like this song is going to be quite a cheeky one. This one once again has great lyrics and reminds me of some of Eminem's older songs. The chorus in this song is sang by Eminem instead of another singer or sample of another song and I have found myself singing this song's chorus over and over again. It is quite a calm song and doesn't have a massive impact, although I enjoyed it as it has good lyrics and it is more of a jokey sort of song than a serious one. I have talked to other people about this track on the album and they agree with me. It isn't the best on the album but it has a great likeability. My favourite part of the song is when Eminem sings 'Call me dynmative' and then does a sort of record scratching sounds which is something we haven't seen before from him and one again his great ideas are shown. This song is a lot slower than some other tracks on the album, but this doesn't mean it's not good, because I think it is, because of previous reasons mentioned and because Eminem's rapping is once again well done. I can't see this being released as a single, although it is quite an enjoyable song on the album.
Good laugh, good lyrics etc. 8/10.
14. Almost Famous
I'm still not too sure about this song. I really don't like the start of the song, which is sang by a woman who sounds little like Katy Perry, but the womans voice gets on my nerves a little bit. The lyrics at the start of the song are really offensive. Usually I don't mind them but I think they are a bit too much in this song. Even though the lyrics are quite extreme, they are once again well thought out so I have to give Eminem credit for that. I think the reason for the langauge and words used is because of the point Eminem is making about people wanting to become famous, and those being 'Almost Famous' and the attitude they have. Eminem's rapping is once again rather good, no complaints there. His voice however seems a bit different to what it sounds like on other tracks. His voice has an angry tone to it which is a bit odd but I guess it goes with what he is saying really. The chorus isn't my favourite in this song and get's a little annoying as it is repeated and the song is rather a long one, being 4.52 minutes long. The song uses a sample of Black Sabbath's 'Heavn and Hell'. Eminem samples two of Black Sabbath's songs, and they do go well in the songs so there isn't much dissapointment with their song samples. There are good points in the song however like some of the lyrics and Eminem's rapping. I think it is just his tone that brings the song down a little, but he does but a lot of effort into the song and it is quite a different thing to sing about so I admire him for that. Overall, this song isn't another one of my favourites, and has a few flaws, but it is still quite a good one and is something different and is a track that i never expected on the album.
See what you think, 8/10.
15. Love The Way You Lie Ft. Rihanna
'Just gonna stand there and watch me burn' are the opening lyrics to this song. This is another great track on the album, and has prooved to be as it has been released as the second single from 'Recovery' and shot straight into the UK Top Ten, where it is currently placed at number 2! Rihanna was a surprise on the album, as I would never have imagined Rihanna to collaborate with Rihanna, but the two work really well together. Rihanna's voice sings perfectly the very catchy and emotional chorus which is the most memorable part of the song. It is rather a simple chorus in terms of lyrics but it goes well with the rest of the song. Eminem comes in at the start of the with an impact like at the start of 'Not Afraid' which was the previous number 1 single from the album, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Eminem once again uses fantastic lyrics and his rapping is once again spot on in this song. My favourite lyrics besides the chorus in this song are when Eminem sais 'Now you can watch her out the window.... Guess that's why they call it Window Pane'. This is only an example of Eminem's genious lyrics, but there are plenty more in the song. The music in the background of the song is quite simple but goes perfectly well with the rapping and Rihanna's singing and all of these points add to another fantastic track on the album. This is quite an emotional song, especially with the words Eminem says and really makes you think about relationships. I love Eminem songs that make you think about life, which is perhaps why they are so successful. 'Not Afraid' has the same attributes as this song, minus the collaboration, and these are two that are rather emotional coming from the heart of Eminem which make you respect him and appreciate his work. This song is brilliant, I think everyone will take a liking to this after you listen to it. There aren't really any faults with the song at all, the timing is good to, it isn't a song that get's boring after a while, even though it lasts for 4.23 minutes, which is rather long but enjoyable.
Another smasher! 10/10.
16. You're Never Over
This track has still got me in two minds. There are some parts that I can say are good within the song, but some parts bring it down to it being one of my favourites. The begginning of the song has Eminem singing, where his voice lets him down and doesn't sound that great and might sound a little of key to you. The chorus in this song isn't a really smashing one and isn't a particularly catchy one, although it isn't terrible. The lyrics are still good in this song, although they aren't as good as they are in other songs, which is a bit of a dissapointment. The music in the background is quite 'poppy' shall we say. The music sounds like the type you would hear in new pop songs, which isn't really fair to moan about as Eminem isn't responsible for the music, but is for lyrics and rapping etc. The song has some parts where the lyrics tell quite a story, which mentions Eminem's daughter, all though the songs lyrics can't really be taken seriously because of the music and the tone of Eminem's voice here. The song is 5.06 minutes long, which is too long in my opinion and gets rather boring after a while. Although, in the second half of the song, Eminem really shows his rap abilities again and shows some stronger lyrics than he did at the start of the song which pick up the track a little and gives it some strong points. The song uses a sample of 'Cry Little Sister' by Gerard McMann, which is a song I have never heard of before but has been chosen wisely for this song. This isn't really one of my favourites on the album, but it isn't a real bad song due to how Eminem raps in it. You might have a different opinion on this song to me because I have mainly talked about the negatives in this song, but in my opinion it isn't really as strong as other tracks, and I can't see this being released anytime soon, not at all a complete fail though.
When I first heard this track I thought 'aw no it's going to be an annoying one' because there was music that sounded like it was being played in a french cafe (when you hear it you'll understand what I mean), and also a voice came in singing 'You Don't Own Me', which was taking from a sample of the song 'You Don't Own Me' by Lesley Gore. This sample used is quite a surprise one as Lesley Gore was born in 1946 and sang the song many many years ago, so it makes a change to use a sample of a song from so long ago. After the beggining of the song, I started to realise that I was wrong, and the track wasn't going to be an annoying one after all. Actually, it was probably going to be one of the best in terms of rap on the album. This song once again has good lyrics, but they aren't so serious this time but they are good to listen to. The track is really fast and is a really good one to have at the end of a brilliant album. Eminem raps fantastically in this track because of the pace and clarity he uses. The music in the background is also very fast, and because of this speed, it makes the track a rather funny old Eminem track. This is the track on the album that reminds me of Eminem's old songs with all the humour and lyrics that are present in the song. Towards the end of the song Eminem says a line about the audience enjoying the show (album) which reminds me of some of his old work as he used to use these sort of adress the audience kind of lines (You'll know what I mean if you have heard his older stuff). This isn't a track that makes you think deep into the lyrics, but it is a really enjoyable one and is rather funny and is probably the best track on the album in terms of Eminem's rap ability.
Brilliant track, another favourite. 10/10.
Well what can I say? Except say this album is something brilliant. When I first knew the album was coming out, I started to think that it might now be as successful as some previous albums such as 'The Marshall Mathers LP', because Eminem's last CD 'Relapse' was unfortunately, not much of an success. Although I was completely wrong! This album shot straight to number one on the album charts, as did it's lead single 'Not Afraid', and I can certainly understand why! Okay this album has a couple of songs that aren't as great as others, and points in the album where Eminem's voice isn't as good as it is in another songs, but at the end of the day all albums have that in them. Almost all of the songs on the album are brilliant ones to listen to, so it is definitely worth buying the album, and who knows, just because I am not too keen on tracks such as 'On Fire' and 'You're Never Over' doesn't mean you won't be if you purchase the album, which I highly recommend you do. Of course, if you aren't a fan of rap music then this won't be the best option to buy, although if you have never really listened to it or given it a fair chance to shine in your mind, then this is a great album to have for those reasons. Some people sterotypically think rap is all bad, but it really isn't, especially if you hear some of the lyrics on the tracks on this album. I do like rap/hip-hop, and started to become a fan of it a couple of years ago, it might not be my favourite genre of music but it is one of! If you are looking for something new and want to try out a different genre of music then this is the perfect album to listen to. There are hardly any faults with it and you won't be dissapointed if your into this kind of music and are a fan of Eminem.
One of the best albums of the year, with only a couple of flaws. 9/10.
=== Purchase ===
You can buy the album in stores for under £10. I got my copy for about £8 in ASDA but there are places that sell it cheaper. For example, amazon are selling copies for under £8, although I believe these are second hand, as well as the ones on eBay. Tesco is rather expensive in terms of CD's , so I don't advise that you buy it from there. Also places such as HMV can be quite expensive too, so watch out.
=== Facts About 'Recovery' ===
- The album was released on the 18th June 2010.
- The has a 'Parental Advisory' sticker on the cover.
- The running time for the album is 77.06 minutes, which is a good point.
- Finally, album is just simply great!
Thanks for reading.
Jordan2493 2010 (c)
In 2004 Eminem released 'Encore' which would become his fourth platinum album. This album started a chain of events that led to a six year period of musical hiatus and personal turmoil. In 2006 Eminem's childhood friend, and fellow D12 member, Deshaun 'Proof' Holton was shot dead outside a nightclub in Detroit. Proof's death coincided with Eminem's second divorce. For any man this would be too much but for a one with the weight on the World on his shoulders due to his immense fame and controversy a break from music would be understandable. Drug problems followed and many, including myself, believed that there would never be another Eminem album.
If any genre of music allows you to express yourself and get things off your chest it's Rap, so Eminem used this to pull through the period of suffering. In 2009 he released 'Relapse' which would prove to be a commercial success, although the songs were more Pop than Rap. This was Eminem reintroducing himself to the world through tracks he knew would be featured on music channels and the radio - due to a lack of controversy. This album put Eminem's name back into the Rap circuit, even if the album wasn't conventional Rap. The album however lacked personal lyrics familiar to his previous albums, in favour of generic lyrics and simple melodies.
2010 saw the release of 'Recovery' which sold 741,000 copies in the first week. The album was initially planned to be a sequel to 'Relapse' but in the words of Eminem 'I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album...'. I bought this album the first day it came out in the UK and knew from the first track that Eminem was back, back with personal lyrics, back with other famous stars to reinforce is prominence in the world of music, back, and this time, to stay.
I believe you need to know the back story to listen to an Eminem album because the songs themselves may not be technically the best, but the lyrics, the meanings, are what make Eminem, in my opinion, comfortably the best rapper in the world. Nobody can deny that Eminem, personally, has had to deal with more than his fair share of heartache and 'Recovery' directs this pain into a series of seventeen of the best Rap tunes I have heard for a very long time - well since 'Encore'...
Track List (Length)
1. Cold Wind Blows (5:03)
2. Talkin' 2 Myself, feat. Kobe (5:00)
3. On Fire (3:33)
4. Won't Back Down, feat. P!nk (4:25)
5. W.T.P (3:58)
6. Going Through Changes (4:58)
7. Not Afraid (4:08)
8. Seduction (4:35)
9. No Love, feat. Lil Wayne (4:59)
10. Space Bound (4:38)
11. Cinderella Man (4:39)
12. 25 to Life (4:01)
13. So Bad (5:25)
14. Almost Famous (4:52)
15. Love the Way You Lie, feat. Rihanna (4:23)
16. You're Never Over (5:05)
17. Bonus Track (3:14)
There are four main collaborations with a mixture of mainstream Pop artists and Rap artists. P!nk and Rihanna provide the tracks 'Won't Back Down' and 'Love the Way You Lie'. These are easily two of the best tracks on the entire album. P!nk's flamboyant voice contrasts Eminem's Rap brilliantly and the track has a real sense of movement due to constant drumming that picks up pace in the chorus. 'Love the Way You Lie' is the second single on the Album and reached number two in the Billboard Top 200. It's an easy song to listen to due to Rihanna's sweet, melodic voice and Eminem's aggressive rap. The lyrics in 'Love the Way You Lie' are truly incredible and tell a story of a cheating, violent relationship - something that is familiar to both artists. The honesty in the lyrics is what was missing in 'Relapse' and are what make 'Recovery', so much better!
The other two collaborations are with Lil Wayne and Kobe. I'm not a fan of Lil Wayne at all, I find his Rap tedious, but his voice on 'No Love' contrasts Eminem's brilliantly - the two together form a mix of two different styles of rap but this serves to make Eminem look a lot more dynamic and less monotone. The track is not necessarily that good but it proves that Eminem is easily the best rapper out of the two. The final partnership is with Kobe. I am not familiar with Kobe's other work but the track 'Talkin' 2 Myself' acts as an introduction for Eminem as it is the second track on the album. The lyrics are meaningful and impressive, with mentions of 'Proof'. Although I am not familiar with Kobe's work, I can comfortably say that his voice is unique.
These collaborations show that Eminem wants to get back to the top, and isn't afraid of asking for help to get there - even from competitors like Lil Wayne.
I could spend all day writing about Eminem and how each of the tracks are individually special but I feel that it is best left up to the listener. Music is one thing that should not be reviewed in a personal way. The one thing I will say is that if you like Rap music, or even mainstream Pop music, you will love this album. I am not necessarily that into Rap as a genre but I love Eminem's albums and 'Recovery' is easily the best one yet. You don't have to buy this album on this review alone, go to YouTube, have a listen to 'Not Afraid' (The first single from the album) and most importantly listen to the lyrics! If you don't like that track, you probably won't enjoy the album but I can guarantee that one of the tracks on this album will appeal to you, whoever you are; either because of lyrics that have a meaning to you or because of the tunes on which the rap is overlaid. One track however is not always enough of a reason to buy a £10 album. Overall this is easily Eminem's best album and one of the best Rap albums I have ever heard. It is great to see Eminem back where he belongs, head and shoulders above any competitors.
He's back - ladies and gentlemen step right up as the king of hip hop has returned to his rightly deserved throne with his much anticipated new album, Recovery. Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Eminem - whatever alias he goes by, this man is undoubtedly one of the greatest lyricists of our time and it's with great pleasure that I introduce to you his new album. Originally rumoured to be named Relapse 2, following on from Relapse (2009), Eminem decided to scrap the idea as he wasn't entirely happy with his work and started over again. Recovery is his gift to his fans and treads on a slightly more upbeat note than the bordering on disturbing, Relapse.
Cold Wind Blows
Talkin' 2 Myself
Won't Back Down
Going Through Changes
25 To Life
Love The Way You Lie
You're Never Over
So, there you have it, 17 brand new tracks to get your teeth into and Eminem once again proves that he can still compete with the youngsters of today. At 37 you'd expect him to be slowing down, however, Eminem shows us that you can't keep a good rapper down. From 2004's Encore we've listened to Eminem's struggle with his drug addiction. Recovery touches on Em's much publicised addiction in brash and unadulterated terms. This is Eminem at his best, where he's able to reflect on the last couple of years honestly and devoid of censorship. Lead single 'Not Afraid', features, possibly some of Eminem's most superb lyrics since the likes of 'Kim' and 'The Way I Am'. Not conforming to type, 'Not Afraid' isn't the happy, funny song you'd expect from Slim Shady as he more often than not introduces us to his albums with one of his comedy infused songs. The likes of Without Me and The Real Slim shady are both classic Eminem tracks, but they somehow don't sit rightly on this album and Eminem has made a shrewd and conscious decision to keep the comedy out of this album and focus entirely on reflection of self. It may be an unpopular decision for some, since his comedy singles in which he takes hilarious swipes at celebrities are some of his biggest hits, but it is without doubt the right decision to do away with them for this album. This album comes across as more of an outlet for Eminem in which he talks about his addictions, his late best friend Proof and of course the usual inclusion of his ex Kim. The album has something of a self-centred feel to it, almost as if Eminem was more involved and concerned with his own feelings than making music, with the music coming second to his grief. Fortunately this somewhat narcissistic feel has paid off in abundance as Eminem delivers one of his most real albums since the 2000 smash hit The Marshall Mathers LP.
Where Relapse was an expression of self, it often went too far with the shock factor with songs like Insane and 3am, in which he raps about sexual abuse and murder. It seemed like Eminem was focusing too much on shocking people, whereas in previous albums it just came naturally without having to go too far down the maniacal route. Recovery remedies that though, with subtlety being the key word here. With 'Not Afraid' Eminem talks about his uncertainty concerning his previous album and makes a promise to the fans to never touch drugs again. Admittedly 'Not Afraid' isn't Eminem's best ever song, hell, it's not even the best song on the album and after listening to the rest of the album I'm somewhat surprised that it made lead single. It's a rather catchy number, with lyrics that sometimes have an undoubted touch of genius - "it was my decision to get clean, I did it for me, admittedly, I probably did it subliminally, for you". The song focuses solely on getting through drug addiction and focusing on what's important to him. With a run of the mill beat that's easily forgettable this song is easy to write off, however, after a couple of listens you'll really see how great this song really is.
What instantly strikes you about this album is the lack of guest stars. Instead of the usual 50 Cent, Dr Dre and D12 influences which are present in all his other albums, this time Eminem chooses to work with more mainstream artists. Rihanna lends her nasally vocals to the second single to be released from the album 'Love The Way You Lie'. A highlight of the album and a sure-fire hit, this song utilises the somewhat contrasting pair superbly. Taking on more of a sombre tone, Rihanna's vocals fit supremely with the music. This is superior to anything else that Rihanna has ever featured on, including all the Jay Z collaborations that have hit airwaves. This is one of the more radio friendly songs on the album and it's no surprise to me that it's been chosen as a single. Another of the unexpected guest stars is another female pop star in the form of P!nk. P!nk has always has a bit of pizzazz about her that sets her apart from the rest in the overcrowded market and this was a much anticipated track for me, personally. 'Won't Back Down' is one of the more powerful songs on the album, in which P!nk integrates herself into with ease, her voice suiting this sort of music down to the ground. 'Won't Back Down' is another of the standout tracks on the album, in which Eminem's lyrical ability cannot be questioned one iota - "Need I remind you, that I don't need the f**king swine flu to be a sick pig". Eminem rants on in this with his usual unashamedly brash approach for the majority of the song and it takes you back to the likes of 'Kim', of course a much tamer version though. The song has more of a rockier, edgier sound to it and makes for a powerful, catchy number that's bound to be a big winner with fans.
Relatively unknown singer Kobe guest stars on Talkin' To Myself. Another strong track, with a more uniquely catchy beat that sets itself apart from the rest. Eminem raps in his usual fast pace, infact at one point it's difficult to distinguish what he's saying as he's so unbelievably quick. The bridge and chorus are both extremely catchy and lend themselves to the strong versus excellently. Unfortunately the quality of guest stars had to slip somewhere and with the appearance of the irritating Lil Wayne, Eminem could have produced a dull, lacklustre track about guns and girls, much like the majority of Lil Wayne's other rubbish - *cough* I mean music. Said track, 'No Love' samples club classic Haddaway's 'Don't Hurt Me' (trust me, you'll know it as soon as it starts). The sample blends excellently with the lyrics and although Lil Wayne puts a dampener on the song as soon as his voice meets the microphone, Eminem soon rescues proceedings and produces a superbly catchy song.
Fortunately, what could have been tragically awful track is the closest this album comes to taking a dip in quality. Eminem keeps up the pace with excellent track after excellent track. 'You're Never Over' being one of the more memorable tracks. This song marks the 2006 death of Eminem's closest friend and fellow rapper Proof. It must be said that Eminem isn't the greatest of singers, infact, listening to him trying to hold a note in this song could be compared with listening to someone passing a gallstone, however apart from the few dud notes, this song is flawless and extremely emotional. Another highlight comes in the form of 'Cinderella Man'. This is my personal favourite song on the album and features a distinct African influence with the chanting in the background and the distinctive beat. This song is unbelievably catchy and if you're only going to download one track on the album, then make it this one. In terms of lyrical ability, the highlight on the album has to be 'Untitled'. Eminem raps profusely over the whining beat. The song is reminiscent of 'Music Box' which featured on Relapse: Refill.
The album doesn't let up and is filled with songs that will no doubt become Eminem classics. Ok, so the album isn't going to outshine The Marshall Mathers LP, or The Eminem Show, but this really is a superb effort by the king of hip hop and a must for any Eminem fan. A large number of fans will be pleased to hear that Eminem has bid farewell to the irritating skits that have been a feature on his albums ever since The Slim Shady LP. It's clear for everyone to see that the days of 'Kim' and 'Puke' are behind him and Eminem has matured infinitely. With this new found maturity, there is no mention of his ex Kim in derogatory terms, infact he's expressing his love for her on numerous tracks. His rocky relationship with his Mother, Debbie seems to be a thing of the past too. She doesn't feature on the album and it shows a huge growth from Mathers. With the release of Relapse last year, I was beginning to doubt Eminem's credentials sans his acid tongue, however, with Recovery he shows that he doesn't necessarily have to slate people to make great records.
An excellent return to form.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Cold Wind Blows
2 Talkinâ?? 2 Myself - Eminem, Kobe
3 On Fire
4 Won't Back Down - Eminem, P!nk
6 Going Through Changes
7 Not Afraid
9 No Love - Eminem, Lil Wayne
10 Space Bound
11 Cinderella Man
12 25 To Life
13 So Bad
14 Almost Famous
15 Love The Way You Lie - Eminem, Rihanna
16 Youâ??re Never Over