Recovery - Eminem
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  • Summary: Eminem continues his forward momentum with confrontational, angst-ridden rap that digs deep into the psyche on his new album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. No matter how cleverly he's rhyming, which varies, he could use subject matter beyond married-to-the-game and his traditional obsessions. But with Shady in the shadows, rarely are these themes lifted by Em's long-recessive sense of play.
  2. Recovery is his most casual-sounding album in years, with odes to a "white-trash party" ("W.T.P.") and songs that hearken back to his freewheeling early records--rhymes as goofy and imaginative as they are violent and profane.
  3. "Relapse" should have been the end of his career, but by admitting his mistakes as well as trumpeting his successes, Shady's given himself one last stand.
  4. Recovery is thwarted by similarly ill-fitting decisions.... The central salvation is Mather's enduring virtuosity. Throughout Recovery, he weaves dazzling internal patterns and clever word play.
  5. Marshall Mathers tackles his most complicated subject...himself.
  6. It is, finally, the comeback we figured he'd manage eventually, and if his newfound honesty and self-awareness becomes more pattern than anomaly, Recovery will be seen as a turning point in his career.
  7. Out of all the depressing aspects of Recovery, the worst is the realization that for listeners the album takes the opposite arc-- the more he motors on about having reclaimed his passion for hip-hop and finally figured out who he is, the more draining the album becomes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 218
  1. PeteR
    Jun 26, 2010
    Great album. His best since The Eminem Show. No other rappers out there today can even compare to the lyrical and mic skills of this guy.
  2. JamieRitchie
    Jun 23, 2010
    amazing album
  3. MattD
    Jun 22, 2010
    I have no frickin idea how the hell this got such a low score. This ,as well as all of em's other albums, was an amazing album where he expresses his passion for loving the game and his love for his kids and the loss of his best friend as well as the usual ima f*****g kill you attitude on a few of the songs but his clean and sober return has been a great one, and haters should just stop hating on him just because he speaks his mind. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2012
    Dark and twisted, yet heartfelt and passionate, this is Eminem's best release. It burns with emotion, and really cuts to your core.
  5. JamesS.
    Jun 25, 2010
    Great album...I'm sick of the funny, joking, waste of time Eminem has filled some albums with. This is real from top to bottom.
  6. Nov 25, 2010
    One of the greatest albums of 2010. This album is very good but it can't beat The Slim Shady LP or The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. Great!
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    Em should have hung up his hat a long time ago.

    He isn't a rapper anymore, he's a pop star.

    This album was the first of his that I have
    to say I will never recommend to anyone, ever. Expand

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