Eminem
Relapse


1.5
very poor

Review

by Green Baron USER (112 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


In 2004, Eminem was one of the biggest names in the rap game. Scratch that, he was one of the biggest names in the entire music industry. And in that year, Mr. Mathers put out his fifth album, Encore, a twenty song pile of *** marred by horrible and immature lyrics coated with toilet humor, joke songs that weren't funny, and a bewildering lack of highlights. The album failed, both critically and commercially, in comparison to his first four albums, and left many of his dazed and confused fans wondering, "Will Eminem ever be good again?" Marshall took a five year break to get more addicted onto sleeping pills, and when he came back, his new album Relapse was being hyped as a darker, angrier and more violent album about drugs, fueled by the return of everyone's favorite alter ego, Slim Shady. Relapse was going to a brutal, violent and biting return to form after the light-hearted and jokey Encore.

They couldn't have been more wrong.

It's not that the album isn't violent or angry; it is, but it's angry and violent in all the wrong ways. The Marshall Mathers LP proved to the world that Marshall's sarcastic, violent sense of humor was one of many talents. Fast forward nine years later, and it's the main flaw in his works. "Kim" was a great song that used its graphic violence to assert dominance and fear. Yet on Relapse, violence is used to rape and murder both Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan in a song that features a boring beat, misguided lyrics, and no sense of humor or anger anywhere. "Same Song & Dance" is just one song out of many that recycles a theme used on practically every song on this album: rape, kill and enjoy it. The album was supposedly influenced by Em's curiosity over serial killers, and damn, does it show.

It's that repetitiveness that really wears Relapse down, the fact that more than half of the album is Em expressing his love for forcing himself onto women, then taking their life afterwards. The horrible lyrics don't help matters ("I was born with a dick in my brain, yeah ***ed in the head / My stepfather said that I sucked in the bed... / I want my dick sucked in the shed"), nor do the lazy wordplay and unclever rhymes.

And then there's the accent. Oh dear Lord, practically every song on Relapse has Em utilize that annoying, grating accent that no one knows why he decided to take on. Perfectly fine songs like "3 AM" or "Bagpipes from Baghdad" are ruined by it (even if they weren't that impressive to begin with). It gets old quick, and over the course of a seventy-six minute album, becomes really repetitive and redundant.

Even then, there are lots of songs that are crap even if the accent hadn't been there. Single "We Made You" is a joke single in the same vein as "The Real Slim Shady" or "Without Me", but lacks the humor that was in those aforementioned singles. Making jokes about Kim Kardashian's ass and banging Sarah Palin aren't funny, nor are they original. "Must be the Ganja" is a boring ode to smoking weed that features a laughably hilarious chorus that borders right on self-parody. "Old Time's Sake" is another song about the sweet leaf that is saved only by Dr. Dre's verse in the beginning, and "My Mom" beats a dead horse again by vilifying his oh-so-sweet mommy. The lyrics are also really stupid here too ("That's why I am what I am 'cause I am my mom" makes no ***ing sense, whatever you think it means).
If you can make it through the first fifteen tracks, there's a reward waiting for you in the latter five songs. “Beautiful”, the “ballad” of the album (if there are ballads in rap), has Marshall pondering whether or not he should quit (and after two lackluster albums, he has every right to). With an excellent beat to create a dark mood, and great wordplay about walking in someone else’s shoes, “Beautiful” is the clear highlight of a misguided and career-destroying album. “Underground” is Em’s best “creepy” song on here, sporting a vicious beat and nice rhymes, while “Déj* Vu” discusses his drug problems and how it affects everyone around him, including himself. Luckily, his accent isn’t that notable, even though it’s still there, and doesn’t ruin the song like it does to so many other songs on the album.

Relapse was a big mistake by Eminem. We needed a dark and violent album, but Relapse just wasn’t it. With its repetitive subject matter of raping and killing, overuse of his godawful accent, and lackluster lyrics, this is Eminem’s worst album. Only three of the album’s twenty tracks are worth listening too, and over half of them will make you want to run this album over with your car. If you told me that Slim Shady would make an album worse than Encore, I wouldn’t have believed it, but he got the job done. Relapse’s entire “serial killer rapist” theme was influenced by Em’s thoughts while on drugs, and those drugs have caused an album that would have killed anyone’s career had it not been a comeback album by one of the biggest names in music. Sure, drugs did cause Em to write two great songs about the pain and suffering he felt during his relapses (heh, heh), but when the end result is an absolutely ***ty album that has no lasting value whatsoever, those two songs could have been scrapped along with the whole album. In the end, this entire album did nothing but prove to us all that Em's success was a fluke, and that he could never make good music ever again. “*** his last CD, that ***’s in my trash!”



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Green Baron
June 23rd 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

First review in nearly a month, yay.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

summary doesn't make sense, he's been terrible since he stopped abusing pills

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Green Baron
June 23rd 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

He's only been on drugs since Encore, though. first four were made while sober

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ummmmmmmmmm than explain the song drug ballad

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"After the release of Infinite, Eminem's personal struggles and abuse of drugs and alcohol culminated in an unsuccessful suicide attempt"

Green Baron
June 23rd 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

alright nevermind

BoSoxorz
June 23rd 2013


56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

His rhyming is on point on this album, and that alone makes this album better than a 1/5.

PumpBoffBag
June 23rd 2013


327 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, I don't get it. Em was abusing drugs for the albums before this and not after

larrytheslug
June 23rd 2013


1315 Comments


awkward...

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


28521 Comments


neg

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titlefightmeirl
June 23rd 2013


659 Comments


Definitely no where near his best, but I actually enjoy this album.

Green Baron
June 23rd 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

alright, may have been a bit harsh on this. will change to a 1.5, because i can't give it any higher than that. i didn't realize that em was on drugs before encore, always thought that encore was his first album while high.

Gwyn.
June 23rd 2013


15101 Comments


" A good reminder to us all why Em was better when he was on drugs."

this is not a good summary either, he was on drugs during Encore and he was on rehab while writing this but hadn't gotten out of the drugs yet


just get rid of the summary if you can't think of anything to say other than drugs

larrytheslug
June 23rd 2013


1315 Comments


judging by the review, it sounds like you wouldnt like the slim shady lp or marshall mathers lp either. what do you think of those?

Gyromania
June 23rd 2013


15712 Comments


he was on rehab, guys

Green Baron
June 23rd 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i love slim shady and marshall mathers. both of them have great songs. this was just repetitive, over-the-top, and that accent doesn't help things either.

larrytheslug
June 24th 2013


1315 Comments


Ah, wait, no way, you're kidding,
He didn't just say what I think he did, did he?

Rastapunk
June 24th 2013


736 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this album is meh. SOme good and some bad.

ckunke002
June 24th 2013


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Neg. and he was sober by the time he recorded this

Green Baron
June 24th 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

bitch imma kill you

you dont wanna fuck wit me



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