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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.

Top Track

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: 17 out of 260
  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. BrandonT.
    Jun 24, 2010
    10
    Album is dope. Em keep killing them.
  3. WR
    Jun 22, 2010
    10
    Hands down Eminem's most lyrical album. From the content to the punchlines, everything in this album is hands down thought provoking, Hands down Eminem's most lyrical album. From the content to the punchlines, everything in this album is hands down thought provoking, interesting to listen to, and emotional, at the right times. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A beautiful album, you feel his regrets and all his emotions as he struggles through recovering from being an addict. He truly pulled himself out of hell, a very special album to me, as I was also struggling during this time, was good knowing I wasn’t the only one Expand
  5. Noirling
    Jun 25, 2010
    9
    I don't understand music critics, I suppose, because this album is excellent. There were at least 5 songs on it that I would deem hit I don't understand music critics, I suppose, because this album is excellent. There were at least 5 songs on it that I would deem hit worthy. The rest were 4 and 3 star quality. It's time to get off the HATE EMINEM bus, people. This stuff is touching and tight. Peep it. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2011
    8
    If you weren't impressed with Relapse or Refill you more then likely will be with this album. I wouldn't put this album on the same level asIf you weren't impressed with Relapse or Refill you more then likely will be with this album. I wouldn't put this album on the same level as The Eminem show, the Slim shady LP or the Marshal Mathers LP but I would put it above Encore or at the least on the same level as it. Recovery has some of Eminem's greatest songs along with some mediocre tracks that most people will probably just skip to get onto the good songs. Overall this album in my opinion is one of the best if not the best album of 2010. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2020
    0
    just doing my part ........................................................

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