EMINEM Recovery (Aftermath/Interscope)
The bad boy of rap (oxymoron!) returns with Recovery. Originally intended to be a sequel to previous album, Relapse (and to be named Relapse 2, natch!), Recovery now stands on its own. Although largely consisting of tracks recorded during the Relapse sessions with executive producer Dr Dre, Recovery is more song-oriented than Relapse and contains no skits at all.
There are also quite a few pop numbers on Recovery which frankly do nothing for me but where Eminem’s bad attitude penetrates the slick production haze, that’s where Recovery kicks ass. I mean, how many lyricists can trash talk and deliver putdowns with such poetry and comic effect as well!
Therefore, tracks like Cold Wind Blows, On Fire and Goin’ Through Changes reflect Eminem’s continual resistance against normal and proudly declares his personal manifesto, perhaps best summed up in Not Afraid – “I’m not afraid, to take a stand/everybody, come take my hand/we’ll walk this road together, through the storm/whatever weather” spoken in his own (real) voice.
The music is slick, well-produced for maximum commercial effect but it all serves the words that Eminem spits out with his patented angst. Naturally, as usual, there are a couple of gems and do not require any underlying music to have the desired effect.
“I’ll be nicer to women/when Aquaman drowns and the Human Torch goes swimming” (Cold Wind Blows)
“I put both hands on your throat/I sit on top of you squeezin’/till I snap your neck like a popsicle stick, ain’t no possible reason/I can think of to let you walk up out of this house and let you live/tears stream down both my cheeks, then I let you go and just give/and ‘fore I put that gun to my temple I told you this” (the excellent albeit disturbing Space Bound)
“I’m the thumb tack you slept on son/now here I come screaming ‘a tac!’ like I just stepped on one/low on the totem till he showed ‘em, defiance, giant scrotum” (Almost Famous)
And so much more…
Sometimes its hard to take Eminem seriously when you read some of these lyrics but that’s probably the whole point. But then again, even Eminem offers a message of hope in the liner notes –
“THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED 2 ANYONE WHO’S IN A DARK PLACE TRYIN’ TO 2 GET OUT. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP…IT DOES GET BETTER.”
Check it out!