Album
Recovery
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Artist
Eminem

Recovery by Eminem

Eminem - Recovery
CRITIC SCORE
63
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Rank: #523 / 634
USER SCORE
60
Based on
31 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

60
PopMatters

When Eminem made Encore, it felt like his low point—an album full of songs that went for commercial and came off cloying. When a compilation of his greatest hits (Curtain Call) was released, it felt as though he might be done, relegated to the world of producer/all-star guest. The mainstream media had left him for dead, the most recent Vanilla Ice to be thrown to the wolves after a meteoric rise and off-a-cliff fall.

50
Drowned in Sound

Eminem's career over the last several years is a textbook case of the perils of early sucess. He one of the all time canonical rap albums (the Marshall Mathers LP, easily in the top 20 of the genre), starred in this generation's answer to Saturday Night Fever, and been voted 'best rapper alive' by Vibe (essentially the rap Pulitzer). As a career highlights reel, this is not half bad, and I don't think it's a stretch to say that for most people, a list of accomplishments like this would provide a free pass to retire to San Tropez, play golf all day, eat tons of foie gras and lapse into a comfortable state of perpetual self-satisfaction.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

Although it happened just a few weeks ago, I have a feeling that listening to Recovery for the first time is something I’ll long remember. Sitting in the passenger seat of my best friend’s car sometime around 2 AM, surrounded by open road and windows, I popped the freshly burnt CD-R into the tray with tired anticipation. The album had just leaked earlier that day, and though we felt spent after some eight or nine hours in the studio recording our own stuff, waiting till tomorrow for new Em was out of the question. We burnt down the empty highway with the speakers up full blare, toward the city but with no destination other than the end of the disc.

28
Pitchfork

Watching Eminem attempt to re-situate himself in the pop landscape the past year or so has been a bizarre spectacle. He roared out of his post-Encore slumber in early 2009 seeming almost puppyishly eager to rap again, spitting verses for anyone who put him in front of a mic with a desperation that suggested he was making up for lost time. Relapse, his 2009 comeback album, found him trying to scratch and claw his way back into the body of 1999-era Slim Shady, but the effect was similar to Metallica trying to revisit their thrash years with 2008's Death Magnetic: The sound was there; the fury, long gone. No matter how many starlets he tortured and killed in his lyrics, Em couldn't rewrite the intervening years and the enervating effect they've had on his spirit.

User Reviews
rapmartin12
81
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Not Afraid
- Space Bound
- Almost Famous

75
Had Great songs some of eminem's best but it was other songs in the album that did let him down. But not to much.

SiberianBreaks
57
Most of the album sounds like pop to me. It's not Eminem to me. The production is okay though and it feels like the songs are trying to sound confident. It just doesn't work for me though.

Favourite tracks: Not Afraid, Almost Famous

Space Vacation
59
The smartest thing Em' says on this album is admitting that Kanye West would have torn him apart if he had started beef.
This album introduces us to what I like to call "Eminem Lite", meaning; yeah, it's clearly Eminem...but he's not saying anything even one quarter as controversial, meaningful, personal or even intelligent.

Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn
#522
Interpol - Interpol
#524

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DETAILS

RELEASED: June 22, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Aftermath, Interscope, Shady
GENRE: Hip Hop
WEBSITE: www.eminem.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 12 - Amazon
# 36 - Consequence of Sound
# 16 - One Thirty BPM
# 31 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 9 - Rolling Stone
# 38 - Spin
Track List

  1. Cold Wind Blows 
  2. Talkin’ 2 Myself Ft. Kobe 
  3. On Fire 
  4. Won’t Back Down Ft. Pink 
  5. W.T.P. 
  6. Going Through Changes 
  7. Not Afraid 
  8. Seduction 
  9. No Love Ft. Lil Wayne 
  10. Space Bound 
  11. Cinderella Man 
  12. 25 to Life 
  13. So Bad 
  14. Almost Famous 
  15. Love the Way You Lie Ft. Rihanna 
  16. You’re Never Over

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