- Record Label: Interscope
- Release Date: May 19, 2009
- Summary: The Detroit rapper returns with his first album in five years, which features guest appearances by 50 Cent and producer Dr. Dre.
- Record Label: Interscope
- Genre(s): Rap
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|You vultures want me dead What's up with that? You make more money off the Carcass that is dead What's up with that? I'm not dead yet No No...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 8 out of 27
Mixed: 15 out of 27
Negative: 4 out of 27
Thankfully, producer Dr. Dre is there to temper the lyrical bloodletting, laying heavyweight hooks over even the most scabrous tales of family disturbia, and setting 'Bagpipes From Baghdad,' Em's inspired riff on rumored ex Mariah Carey, to snake-charming woodwind squiggles.
His original army of fans, however, will surely enjoy most of the elements of Relapse and it certainly sets up the sequel nicely--though it might be wise to include a few more crossover hits on the second installment, you know, for everyone else.
When Relapse ditches Eminem the craaaazzzyyy white rapper, in favor of a maniacal narrator obsessed with graphic rape and violence (subjects much more in line with hip hop’s forgotten horror-core subgenre than anything to do with being a superstar rapper in 2009), Em works wonders with words, expanding the boundaries of the art of rap itself.
The production is ultra-clean and the lyrics are delivered with a precision that is not to be scoffed at. But mostly what lasts is the self-pity and anger, which is at least enough to warrant our attention.
Unfortunately, the goodwill that Eminem builds up with these engrossing and macabre Mathers family confessions are too often torn down by his tedious turns as a goofy court jester.
Now he's making albums about recovering from addiction, sounding worn out and uninspired. Dude needs to find a muse or something.
There was a time when he did these things for our id, for our deeply rooted disgust at our own celebrity culture and so at ourselves. But here he’s not standing in for anyone, working himself into a feverish sweat solely for his own satisfaction.
Positive: 146 out of 181
Mixed: 20 out of 181
Negative: 15 out of 181
Sep 4, 2021GREATEST ALBUM OF THE HISTORY WITH 2001, THIS ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE the beats is incredible , is a horror movie in album of EMINEM AND THISGREATEST ALBUM OF THE HISTORY WITH 2001, THIS ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE the beats is incredible , is a horror movie in album of EMINEM AND THIS IS NOT FAIL , GOAT… Expand
Oct 2, 2013Oh my gosh! What more is there to say. It's fabulous!!!!! Great songs, great singing, great acting! Loveable to the core! When I first heardOh my gosh! What more is there to say. It's fabulous!!!!! Great songs, great singing, great acting! Loveable to the core! When I first heard this album, I must say, GOOSEBUMPS galore! I was like a walking talking Taylor Abraham.… Expand
BrianDMay 20, 2009I love the new CD, I don't know why so many people don't the accent is okay on most songs so yeah.
DylanRMay 19, 2009Great album. about 3 filler tracks but a solid return. cant wait till relapse 2.
May 26, 2011Despite what most people and critics think, the album is very good in my opinion. "Beautiful" is one of the best songs he has ever released.Despite what most people and critics think, the album is very good in my opinion. "Beautiful" is one of the best songs he has ever released. Many other tracks are great as well.… Expand
Mar 4, 2018It's not his best project, but it's not his worst project. I didn't like the rape jokes.
BillWMay 19, 2009This is nothing compared to the MM LP. What happened?
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