Eminem
Recovery


5.0
classic

Review

by CasualListen USER (13 Reviews)
June 20th, 2010 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Recovery feels like the next step in Eminem's career. It's breath of fresh air - considering what a Relapse 2 could have potentially been for fans.

Recovery is a "Classic" because in a veritable sea of thow-backs, Eminem is one of the few artists in music that actually took a risk and made a successful step forward in his career. For "Recovery," it is a giant leap. Bone Thugs, Korn, Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday and various other bands borne of the 90s are homesick for the sound that made them famous as kids. It would appear that Eminem felt the same way about his work because he really wanted his last album "Relapse" to resemble the violent "Slim' and "Mathers" LPs. Not only is "Recovery" different from anything he's written in the past, but it's good; very good. In fact, this record expresses something about hip-hop that we very rarely hear: Redemption.

For the year that I had to enjoy "Relapse" as a sort of homage to the days prior to "Encore," I eventually became too exhausted by its depressing imagery to appreciate any new material even remotely similar. Consequently, I didn't really enjoy "Relapse: Refill;" I had many personal issues with the record's production and Em's pervasive accents. I was happy he made the songs aggressive, but all we ever see these days are tributes. Everybody is just so wrapped up in the past...Eminem is a good example of how artists should continue to find new ways to creatively move foward and take risks.

One has to remember that there was going to be a second "Relapse" record released around this time. As Em hints in Track 19: 'Steve Berman,' there will be "two CDs." Whether you enjoyed "Relapse" or not, you were probably angry when "Relapse: Refill" dropped shortly after with an upsetting five extra tracks. For me, I thought production for the second album had been scrapped and what few completed songs Eminem had sitting around would be mastered as a supplement for fans anticipating an LP. Fortunately, we now have "Recovery" and it truly is some of his best work.

"Recovery" doesn't necessarily give us everything we want, but it certainly gives us everything we need. Gone are the harrowing ultra-violent lyrics we THOUGHT we wanted in "Relapse" and back is the fresh perspective into Eminem we need. It really feels like the next step in his career. Every song has a mature and philosophical weight to it - and the music is crisp and well produced. Good rhythms, melodic choruses and well written lyrics are the star of this Eminem Show.

Em still goofs around with his lyrics from time to time, but it's all in very concentrated doses. Most of the time he's apologizing for "Relapse" and what a mess he was when he wrote it. There are a few weak songs on the album, but they grow on you with time. I found "Relapse" to be fairly repetitive. The songs in this album feel more autonomous; there are no more goofy accents or empty melodies. Some will disagree with me on the vibe, given his working with different producers, but it feels like an Eminem album. Make a mix tape at home with your favorite songs from this and other Eminem records - they will all sound uniform.

I never disliked "Relapse," I just became sick of it. I believe songs like 'Beautiful' and 'We Made You' are important additions to his library of work. However, almost all of those songs are completely eclipsed by Em's new perspective on "Recovery." Right off the bat, there is 'Talkin' 2 Myself, Going Through Changes, 25 to Life and Space Bound' - all of which are redoubtable tunes to anything he's written for "Relapse," "Encore" and a lot of his older material as well. What makes these songs different than previous work is the emotional impact the songs have on the listener. 'Going Through Changes' is especially shocking in how sad and beautiful it is. 'Not Afraid' is the well known single we have grown to love. Another song, 'So Bad,' feels like something straight off "The Eminem Show" and 'W.T.P. (White Trash Party)' has a playful but still catchy and very well written hook to it - and it might also be the weakest song on the album, too. The record closes with 'You're Never Over' which is a song praising the late Proof, a good friend of Eminem who passed away.

Look, there is no "Relapse 2" in life. If you relapse, you have two choices: Recover or tap. Eminem knew "Relapse 2" would have been mediocre at best, so he scrapped the record. "Recovery" is proof that creativity and risk in the "biz" can work well for some of our older rock and hip-hop icons. He isn't selling out with "Recovery"...He saved fans 15 dollars on a second record full of malaise. I believe hip-hop will remember this record. This is really the album we've been waiting for from this particular artist. If you love hip-hop and don't mind Eminem, you should check this album out. Eminem is cool again. I want to shake his hand.



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renegadestrings
June 20th 2010


1456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

summary was bad, but the review isn't too shabby for a first.
i haven't listened to this quite yet, but i'm fairly certain its not a 5

somberlain
June 20th 2010


2121 Comments


Steve Berman btw not Burman
good review and as far as subject matter this might be my favorite Em album

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010


31398 Comments


Review needs a major proof read

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Satellite
June 20th 2010


20826 Comments


Yeah, that summary is terrible...

...or is it?

CasualListen
June 20th 2010


56 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hahaha, I'll fix it up.

CelestialDust
June 20th 2010


3156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol

Satellite
June 20th 2010


20826 Comments


"and made a step foward in his career. For Recovery, it is a giant leap. Bone Thugs, Korn, Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday and various other bands are homesick for the sound that made them famouse as kids."

"I had my own perosonal issues with the record's production..."

"However, Eminem is a good example of how artists and screenwriters should continue to find ways to creatively move foward and take risks."

"Em still goofs around with his lyrics from time to time, but it's all in very consentrated doses."

"Eminem knew Relapse 2 would have been mediorcre at best..."

Spellchecker, bro. Use it. You're obviously a good writer, but typos like these can easily go unnoticed.

Also, despite how positive this review is, I'm still not convinced you justified giving it a 5. Pos'd, though.

Dryden
June 20th 2010


13057 Comments


a classic really

Counterfeit
June 20th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not quite. But close.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010


28695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd for rating but not reading it

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010


28695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

till l8r

Ire
June 20th 2010


41805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sup dre mandudebroawesome

i didin't punch anybody at the maiden concert but i did steal a dudes beer. approval?

PuddlesPuddles
June 20th 2010


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"i haven't listened to this quite yet, but i'm fairly certain its not a 5"

i love when people say things like that

Mclovin
June 20th 2010


293 Comments


"i love when people say things like that"

i love when people say things like that

Good review, welcome to Sputnik dawg.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 20th 2010


3775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This read like a review of Relapse rather than Recovery.

But welcome to the site.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


16571 Comments


welcome to sputnik. i disagree with the rating, but the review isn't bad for a first

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Spec
June 21st 2010


27199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Spelling errors but they don't detract from the great review you just wrote, this isn't fucking english class!!
POS

Parallels
June 21st 2010


6643 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

My mother started screamin', "What are you on, drugs? Look at you, you're gettin blood all over my rugs!"

Satellite
June 21st 2010


20826 Comments


Spelling errors but they don't detract from the great review you just wrote, this isn't fucking english class!!

No, this is a music review site. Pointing out grammar mistakes improves the quality of a review, and thus is for the betterment of the entire site. Derp.

ShadowRemains
June 21st 2010


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really close to bumpin this back to a 4.5, I'm really enjoying it right now

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