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Music In Review: Eminem - Recovery
Written by Melissa Garcia   
Monday, 09 August 2010 21:52

Eminem's new album, Recovery is raunchy but it never leaves a sour taste in your mouth. To those of you who lost some hope in Marshall Mathers due to his joke of his last two albums, I ask you this: Guess who's back? And I will answer, Shady's back! Tell a friend. His raps are more intimate, something that I haven't felt since his release of The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), and that is a huge sense of closeness with Eminem. Although his verses are mostly just one big sentence strung together, and sound a bit clumsy, they will run circles around you.

The music is derived from techniques used in underground Hip Hop music, which is done by taking samples from different old school, and soul songs, and mixing them in with fresh beats and material. What makes it revolutionary, is that Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil, Alex Da KidJust Blaze, and Mr. Porter (producers) pull interpolations of R.E.M's "Drive" song and samples of "Going Through Changes" from Black Sabbath, among others, to make it progressive and sub verse. Musically wise, it is versatile and likable by diverse groups of people. He's taking successful leaps in his musical side along with his lyricism.

Something that speaks to me in this album, is his new found maturity that marks him as overcoming all of his past tribulations with a kind of self-awareness that comes from being clean from drugs. Throughout Recovery there are subject matters that vary from being hopelessly trapped in a one sided relationship, the drive to become famous, abusive relationships and something that we've never heard from Marshall, a song about falling in love. His album is a place where he puts out an introspective view of his past troubles, like his drug addiction and the loss of his friend Proof, a fellow rapper who was shot and killed in an altercation at a bar back in 2006.

His song "You're Never Over" is dedicated to Proof and throughout the song he explains his troubles with dealing with his death, and how drugs had become the number one escape from his sleepless nights. He says that somewhere deep down Proof found something in him that made him believe in him, and because of him he is what he is today. He concludes with the fact that he may be gone, but he is 'never over.'

Probably the most emotionally surprising track is "Space Bound." He expresses how he is opening up to this new love he's found, and that he's been hurt before and that it's been nearly impossible to leave himself vulnerable again. But with this love, there are no boundaries or lengths that he would travel to keep this feeling of completeness. The ending verse is so heartfelt and relatable; it reminds me of the old Eminem, who often felt angry and betrayed. It beautifully colors a violent picture that proves with a broken heart, comes insanity, and disparity.

With a touch of heavily distorted guitars and Pink's distinct voice, "Won't Back Down," makes for a truly unique sound for Eminem. It is a vicious song about sticking to your guns, being the best, and being proud of it.

Black Sabbath's song, "Changes," has its chorus sampled on Eminem's song, called, "Going Through Changes." He takes the time to apologize to his fans if it seems as though all his songs sound like he's complaining, but reasons that his life just keeps getting harder. He talks about ending his life because he can hardly look at himself in the mirror. As he travels through depression, and addiction the only thing that keeps him alive is the image of his daughter every time he closes his eyes. He talks about Kim and how he wished it could have worked out, and apologizes for how it ended. It's a monumental song about falling deep and when he's almost gone for good, his daughter is their to help him pull through and he promises to redeem himself and get back on his feet.

One of my favorite collaborations on the album is "No Love", featuring Lil' Wayne. He opens with his classic Lil' Wayne ' fuck the world' attitude and verbal wordplay about being kicked while your down. Being hated and talked down to throughout their rise to fame is the subject of the song, a usual topic for such rap artists but, they make it unseasoned. Mostly because of the most startling sample they utilize. The song samples Haddaway's classic 90's dance hit, “What Is Love." It is utterly mind blowing how they mash-up the original chorus into something completely contradictory of the original meaning.

After we got a taste of Eminem's soft, loving side on "Space Bound" he comes back to tell the tale of the break-up on, "25 to Life."  This one is also very heartfelt and in-depth portrayal of loving someone too much. He's done with trying to satisfy someone so unappreciative, and that after a battle that took half his life, he's finally giving up on their love.

Now, I could explain every song on here that moved me, but then that would be a novel of the whole CD. The songs that I mentioned are by far my favorites plus a few more. There is absolutely NOTHING negative I could say about the album. It's everything I knew Marshall Mathers could be, and after two lousy albums previous to this, he stills it in him. He is a lyrical legend in every sense of the word, and most definitely won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.


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