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Ratings and reviews for Recovery [Explicit]

Ratings and reviews for Recovery [Explicit]
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Price: $13.98 $8.81 (64% off)
Trade In Value: $1.15
Artist(s): Eminem
Release Date: 6/21/2010
Theatrical Release Date: 6/21/2010
Binding: Audio CD
Format: Explicit Lyrics
Region Code: 1
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Aftermath Records
Manufacturer: Aftermath Records
Product Group: Music
Edition: Parental Advisory ed.
Genre: Gangsta & Hardcore Rap
Sales Rank: 2008
Description: 2010 release from the Hip Hop superstar, the long-awaited follow-up to his Relapse album. Features production from Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Mobb Deep's Havoc plus guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Pink and Rihanna. "I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year," remarked Eminem. "But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title".
ISBN: 0602527394527
UPC: 602527394527

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amazon logo Eminem has finally shown his true talent.
For years Eminem has only had his pain and anger from the problems with his mother and ex wife to rap about. Now that he has went through the hardships of life and gotten all of that out of the way he's rapping about real things. I have been a lifetime fan of Mathers, I have never fully hated any of his albums yet at the same time I felt he was just dragging on his effort. I do not buy many cds anymore but after hearing a few of the songs on this album I rushed out and bought it. Eminem in my humble opinion is now better than he ever has been and it shows in the production and effort he put into this album.

1. Cold Wind Blows 8/10: Eminem tries to be a bit comical while still hard in this track and does a decent job of both. Good song but not great.

2. Talkin' 2 Myself ft. Kobe 10/10: This song is very engrossing and draw you into singing the chorus along with Kobe. I never heard of this guy before but the track was very effective and enjoyable.

3. On Fire 4/10: Not going to say anything bad about this track however, it does not have a very good feel to it for me. Make your own assesment.

4. Won't Back Down ft. Pink 8/10: This song is a very good collaboration between the two of them. However I think the choice of Eminem to add in Pink after the track was recorded was a bad idea as it just doesn't quite mix.

5. W.T.P. 7/10: Old school Eminem type song yet you can tell he put some effort into making his rhymes meaningful unlike older songs where he simply made us feel stupid for listening to it.

6. Going Through Changes 11/10: This song was simply amazingly put together. First of all you'll notice the sampling of Ozzy in this song. It was a suprise to me but it melds pefectly and makes the track flawless.

7. Not Afraid 9/10: This song has been played heavily on MTV and other music networks. I felt this song was a very good way to put the new song and feel out there for fans to know Eminem was back and ontop once again.

8. Seduction 6/10: Not one of my favorites but it sill has a catch sound to it. It is alledgedly about Mariah Carey but regardless it gets your attention.

9. No Love ft. Lil Wayne 9/10: The only reason I did not make this a 10/10 is because I had mixed emotions about this song from the start. At first I did not like it feeling the two didn't really mix, but then after listening more closely I found myself listening and singing along.

10. Space Bound 10/10: One of my absolute favorites on the album. This song is totally out of the norm for Eminem and many will proably say it's soft and not him. That's just it though Eminem is not the same he has evolved and this is a great example. It's different yes, but it works and he set the track on fire.

11. Cinderella Man 11/10: The only other song I rate 11/10 because it has such a flow that you just can't help yourself but listen. I love the rhythm and his rhymes are sick. Great track.

12. 25 to Life 9/10: This song has a good feel and it seems he put alot of emotion into it while recording. The female vocals add alot to it aswell and makes for an overall awesome track.

13. So Bad 6/10: Decent lyrics yet for some reason the song doesn't quite feel the same as the rest almost like a filler track. I do not however, find myself skipping over it so it was a success.

14. Almost Famous 10/10: This track just makes me wanna get up and start moshing or moving in some sort of way. The beat is sick and mad props to the producer. The lyrics are very good as well as he takes many shots at himself for his previous failures in music.

15. Love The Way You Lie ft Rihanna 9/10: Another one of my favorites Rihanna and Eminem sound perfect together and this song puts me in a great state of mind. Not to mention this is the melding of my favorite male and female artists what could be better!

16. You're Never Over 10/10: This gets a 10 because it is a very heart filled and melodic tribute to Proof of D12. Eminem made an effort to tribute Proof every chance he had. This song was not at all hard to listen to and may possibly have meaning to others.

17. Untitled (Here We Go) 5/10: Not quite sure why this song was added but it was not a good choice to put right after You're Never Over. However it was put together well and was quite decent.

All together this Album was well produced and written and therefore I give the overall album a 10/10. I recommend this to any Eminem fans new and old. If you have given up on him because of past albums not having quite that Eminem feel then pick this up and give him another chance it will not dissapoint you. It will appeal to all types of fans, it has melodic vocals (yes even Eminem singing) but it also has the hardcore anger type rapping so just give it a listen. I have forgiven all faults by Eminem after hearing his effort and his apologetic nature for Relapse which only had a few decent tracks. Eminem has cleaned up his life and is now making the music we all knew he could. So to Eminem and everyone he works with I say.

Great job and welcome back you are forgiven. SLIM SHADY!!!!!!!!!!!
241 of 280 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Eminem, Now Everything He Once Hated
First off, the music is horrible. It is as equally generic as everything else on the radio, which is why this album fits so perfectly into a line-up consisting of today's most commercially successful artists (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Rhianna, Drake etc.). This album is home to some of the weakest drums I have ever heard ("No Love", "Not Afraid") as well as some of the most bland guitar riffs ("Talkin' 2 Myself", "Space Bound"). In addition to this, the music does not even attain a rap sound. The only element remotely reflective of the art of hip-hop producing is the sampling. Even then, chopping up Haddaway's "What Is Love" is one of the poorest excuses for a sample I have heard yet, worse than Puff Daddy sampling The Police. There is nothing great, innovative, or enjoyable about the music on "Recovery" whatsoever. If the music on "Recovery" is not bad, then all music is good.

I will say that Eminem's style of rapping on this album is more tolerable than that of "Relapse". Of course, that's not saying much. First off, the way he structures his rhymes does not make for a good flow. On "Talkin' 2 Myself", the way he delivers "God it...feels like I'm going psychotic" results in a bad rhyme. Second, his content is ridiculous:
1. Shouting out Kanye West, T.I., and Lil' Wayne numerous times.
2. Overstating how much he does not care for "Relapse".
3. Blaming his last two albums (which also failed miserably on the artistic level) on drug addiction ("The last two didn't count/ 'Encore' I was on drugs, 'Relapse' I was flushing 'em out/"), as if he was not incredibly high during the recordings of "The Slim Shady LP" and "The Marshall Mathers LP" (he was on marijuana, mushrooms, ecstasy).
4. In general, none of the song's concepts are creative. "25 To Life" - where he personifies hip-hop as a woman (something Common Sense did with much more taste 16 years ago), "W.T.P." - the recycled idea regarding his 8 Mile origins.
5. His vocal performance on the album results in a lousy attempt to "reach out" or "touch" the listener, making for an in general trite emotion, which is clearly heard in his singing.

His singing, along with the guest artists' singing is very unimpressive - the singing on "Not Afraid", "Won't Back Down", "Cold Wind Blows", "Cinderella Man" (what is this?), really any track on the record. On "Talkin' 2 Myself", "Kobe" overly dramatizes the not so intense idea of talking to oneself during the chorus. In conclusion, the singing on the album is simply overdone and not good.

"Recovery" is everything Eminem strived not to be ten years ago, everything he so passionately criticized - generic, bubblegum pop, and worst of all (if you had asked him in 2000) corny.

41 of 71 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo 3 strikes and you're out
After admitting to two duds (Encore & Relapse ) Eminem has returned with promises of quality music and less gimmicky antics. Some how Eminem manages to keep half of his promise by toning down the comedic aspect of the music, but fails to deliver the "quality" part fans expected.

Recovery starts off sounding pretty good. Fortunately, you won't find any cornball skits or random sound effects, just music. As soon I heard the "Dum-Da-Na-Na-Dum-Dum-Da-Dum" chant on the opening track [Cold Wind Blows] I knew it was about to be on and I was sure this would be an amazing album, but boy was I wrong.

I don't even find it necessary to go into an in-depth analysis of the rest of this because to me, it's just bad. (Meaning it's so bad it wouldn't make sense going "this song sucks and this sucks too, and this one etc) Recovery is plagued with bad production, an absurd amount of singing (which is generally awful) and repeditive lyrics. It seemed like he spend the whole album crying or apologizing to the fans but not really talking about anything. Do you remember when Eminem used to come up with creative concepts like "Stan"? Too much thought is going into his delivery and not enough time is being spent on the conceptional aspect of being an emcee. "White Trash Party"? Come on man, you can come up with something better than that...Or maybe you can't?

I honestly believe Eminem's time is up when it comes to rapping. He's getting older, and I think the angsty sort of thing he was pitching to white teens in the suburbs has sort of run it's course. After 3 terrible albums in a row it's clear theres nothing left to say. So in Em's own words, "Put the mic down and walk away, you could still have a little bit of dignity" Iumak gives this album a 2/10

(Note: Best hiphop album of the year so far: Nas and Damian Marley's album, "Distant Relatives" I would suggest picking it up before getting Eminem or Drake's albums)
24 of 66 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo tasteless
I always felt Encore was Eminem's worst album. But since this album, things has changed. The whole album is horrible. I mis the dr Dre beats and the whole hardcore vibe that he used to have. What surprises me the most is that a lot of people give this album a five star ranking. Since when have you been listening to Eminem? Because I've been listening to his music since the Slim Shady LP. That stuff was real. Compared with the old days I can't even call this album a rap album. The fact that he's working with Pink and Rihanna tells the whole story. This is pop music. I guess people who love this album don't feel the same way about rap music as I do. I really tried to listen to the album but I just don't feel it. I skipped most of the songs half-way through. Most of the beats aren't even close to hip-hop and when I heard the name "Mariah" in the first song I thought to myself: "You can't be kidding." And please, what is it with his sentimental vibe. The album is tasteless, useless, horrible. I mis the old Em. Maybe I'm getting old.
23 of 58 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo No need to fight the haters, real fans know
This just entered into the realm of the Marshall Mathers LP and the Eminem Show (sorry Slim Shady LP still love you), maybe even beyond. He's back to where he should be, only sober with more intelligence and more maturity. Who would have thought this CD lived up to the hype? Nobody. Who would have thought he could put out a CD where he didn't take 10 songs to slam celebrities, his mother, and kim? No one. It's all about him, his freedom from drugs and alcohol and how this all has affected who he is and what he loves...rap. Album of the year to date
49 of 56 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Eminem Strikes Back With 'Recovery' [REVIEW]
If you have been let down or disappointed by the last few efforts by Eminem, don't count him out just yet. 'Recovery' is, in my opinion, probably one of the best albums since his debut, if not the best of his entire career. Gone are the immature pop hits that have occupied his albums since Encore (Deluxe Edition). In their place are really deep songs that aren't really hardcore rap or hip-hop but certainly aren't weak, forgettable pop songs that made it onto his album in the past. On a few tracks of 'Recovery' he acknowledges that his past efforts, especially 'Relapse', weren't that great. He also states that with 'Recovery' he wanted to raise the bar and return with something that would silence his critics and reassure his fans that he was back to true form and better than ever. In my opinion, 'Recovery' does just that. It's a deep and personal album but better produced than Relapse and features some of his best lyrics and raps. If you thought Eminem had lost his edge, give this album a listen because I think it's clear that he found it again.

The Good: For me, what makes 'Recovery' such a great album is how personal it is. There are a lot of tracks that deal with his personal demons such as his toxic relationship with his ex wife, the death of his close friend, his inability to deal with fame, his addictions. Unlike with 'Relapse' that seemed to lack any real feeling or personality, this time around he holds nothing back and combines revealing lyrics with some great beats that gave the album a real epic feel, starting with "Cold Wind Blows" where he starts off the album proclaiming his return and striking out at some of his adversaries and critics (including, of course, Mariah Carey) and the album ventures into personal territory from there. "Talkin' To Myself" shows off a different side of Eminem as he reveals his insecurities and admits that he envied the rise of rappers like Lil Wayne and Kanye West and wanted to tear them down just because he was starting to fall off his pedestal. He goes so far as to apologize to them for wanting to rip them, which seems very mature and new for an artist who used to go after everyone and anything in the past that irked him even in the slightest. "Going Through Changes" is a track where he admits he needed help and that he had issues with addictions; "Space Bound" deals with his fears of being alone and isolated and how those fears impact his relationships with others; "25 to Life" uses the metaphor of a relationship gone sour with a woman to describe his relationship with hip-hop. There are also some upbeat/triumphant tracks such as "You're Never Over" where he eulogizes and celebrates the life of his friend Proof and is able to turn a dark situation into motivation to go on and accomplish big things; "Cinderella Man" features a boastful, proud Eminem who proclaims that mediocrity isn't acceptable in his career anymore; "No Love" deals with him getting over being dissed and ignored by a woman he loves and how he won't let her actions bring him down. There are definitely a wide variety of emotions at play on 'Recovery' that shows off Eminem's insecurities, issues and his strengths and makes for a great listen overall.

The Bad: A few tracks didn't work as well for me and disturbed the flow of the album. "Won't Back Down" featuring P!nk sounds like an attempt at rock and a freestyle session - it was okay but I had no desire to listen to it again after hearing it for the first time. "Seduction" and "On Fire" felt like filler tracks. There are a few tracks, such as "W.T.P." (white trash party) and "Seduction" where Eminem tries to be flirtatious and attractive through lyrics and it just felt awkward and out of place.

In all, the number of good tracks with depth, feeling and good production definitely outweighs the weaker tracks. I was really impressed by this effort from Eminem and have had over half of the album on repeat. This is definitely worth checking out and worth purchasing.

Listen To These: "25 to Life", "Going Through Changes", "You're Never Over", "Space Boud", "No Love"
40 of 46 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Same Ol' Shady!
Well, I wonder what exactly Eminem Recovered from? Because he's still talking about taking drugs, degrading women, pissed at the world, making fun of people, and throwing a whole bunch of nursery rhyme cuss words around every other line. Now, first of all, I DO think Eminem has talent don't get me wrong. I think he's got lyrical skills and his flow can be close to unmatched, however, I've been waiting for him to mature as an artist forever but he can't. He's still that angry confused scared little boy. And it's the image he is forced to put out because he's a corporate puppet, and it sucks but the only way Eminem will ever stay around is to talk about the same negative garbage he's been talking about since he first came out. I'm not hating on Em man, I think he's hating on himself by not coming out with any songs that have positive messages to them. The song "Not Afraid" sounds like a positive song until you listen to the lyrics! Yeah follow this guy that talks about dropping ex and f*&king for christmas, great role model to follow. I don't know man, maybe I just changed with time and got smart enough to see through this crap. Anyway, if your buying this album looking for the same Eminem you always loved...you'll like it, maybe even love it. But...if you buy this album thinking you're going to hear something different from him....well then he gotcha! Ohhh yeah if you want to spend your money wisely on an album right now you need to cop Nas & Damian Marley-Distant Relatives, best hip hop album out right now!!!Now I'm off to go check out that new Roots cd, peace mayne!
12 of 42 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Even worse than Encore.
White Trash Party is the only decent track on this album. From making a pop-rap album, to doing duets with Lil Wayne, Eminem has sold out.
7 of 39 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Sounds like every other rap album
He used to have beats that were unique to any other. But this album seems to sound just like another rap album. I miss the days Dr Dre would mix the beats because who ever put these beats together needs a new career.
14 of 37 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Talking about falling off.....
Not spending a lot of time on this. This release is some doo do.
It appears the rap game has passed him by. The production is not very good and his lyrics are so so..
7 of 37 people found this review helpful.

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