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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.

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Love the Way You Lie
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts Just gonna stand there and hear me cry But that's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. A wide array of producers means that Recovery isn't as consistent as Eminem's best albums--his second and third--but there are significantly more highlights here than on either of his previous two.
  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. This album is audible therapy, complete with several cuts of Eminem apologizing, taking responsibility for being a terrible rapper, and promising to get better.
  6. Marshall Mathers tackles his most complicated subject...himself.
  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: 16 out of 241
  1. PeteR
    Jun 26, 2010
    10
    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. BhaveshM
    Jun 23, 2010
    10
    It is different from his other works, this album is new and refreshing, while still not at the pinnacle of his best work, this album is far It is different from his other works, this album is new and refreshing, while still not at the pinnacle of his best work, this album is far better than his previous two, and there are some tracks where he spits hot fire. Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2018
    10
    the first listen to this album i wasn't feeling it, but then it grow up on me and really well, the best project from 2010 definitely
  4. YasserR
    Jun 23, 2010
    9
    I really like this album. Its really more then what i could have hoped. An truly fantastic album and a must buy for any Eminem fan.
  5. MattF.
    Jun 26, 2010
    9
    Critics need to not worry about whether or not it is his best album yet; they need to worry about whether or not it is a good album for the Critics need to not worry about whether or not it is his best album yet; they need to worry about whether or not it is a good album for the present. I agree with Mike S. they need to stop comparing Eminem to himself and worry about the flow of this album, the beats of this album; not compared to his old flows, beats and lyrics. This critique is of Eminem's new album and only this album and not a review of how well he stacks up against his old flows, beats or lyrics. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2011
    8
    While this album does not have the variety and ground breaking songs and lyrics of old Eminem classics such as The Slim Shady LP (1999), TheWhile this album does not have the variety and ground breaking songs and lyrics of old Eminem classics such as The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), and The Eminem Show (2002), it is a big improvement on Encore (2004) and Relapse (2009). The only things that keep this album from being a classic are the lack of funny Slim Shady songs, no extremely homophobic or sexist punchlines, terrible chorus, and terrible collaborations. This album however has some solid lyrics, and Eminem's skill of rapping is at an all time high. Expand
  7. JamesK
    Jun 23, 2010
    0
    Honestly, Eminem has once again succeeded in making me embarrassed to listen to hip-hop. His lyrics are filled with hate and shame that he Honestly, Eminem has once again succeeded in making me embarrassed to listen to hip-hop. His lyrics are filled with hate and shame that he has no reason to have. Seeing the user score for this album makes me disgusted as well. Has the real hip-hop really died? Expand

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