michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — EMINEM

In Uncategorized on 06/23/2010 at 11:00 am

Eminem

Recovery

(Interscope/Aftermath/Shady)

Somewhere inside Recovery is a pretty good album. But you have to dig through the bloat to get to it. Eminem’s seventh record is his relatively speedy reaction to last year’s Relapse, an album even Em wasn’t too pleased with. “Let’s be honest, that last Relapse CD was ehhh,” he raps in the single “Not Afraid.” “Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground.” No kidding. On Recovery, Eminem returns to his fighting stance, spitting in the barking cadences that made him a star a decade ago. He’s still the most uptight rapper on the planet, exposing his neuroses and grievances throughout. But his gripes this time are aimed as much inward as outward. It’s like one of his steps toward actual recovery is to own up to his mistakes. He still holds a grudge against his ex-wife, and he still tears through celebrities who piss him off for the tiniest reason. But the Eminem of Recovery mostly gets back to basics. The best cuts (“Talkin’ 2 Myself,” “Won’t Back Down,” “Love the Way You Lie”) are tough, twisty, and self-interested. Still, there’s a lot here. At 76 minutes, Recovery is at least 20 minutes too long. And all the coming clean gets a bit exhausting. But the healing process works both ways: Artist and fans are now a little bit closer to resolution.

Advertisements
  1. what a cunt, this album was great, eat my dick

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: