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|12. Stay Wide Awake|
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|15. Mr. Mathers|
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|18. Crack A Bottle|
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2009 album from one of the most successful Rap artists in history. He's sold more albums than most Rock and Pop superstars. He's a Grammy winner. He's an Oscar winner. He's been on the cover of practically every music magazine since his debut album dropped in 1999. Now, 10 years after The Slim Shady LP, Eminem marks his 10th anniversary as a Hip Hop hurricane with Relapse, yet another skillful collaboration with Dr. Dre. Features the single 'Crack A Bottle' (which features Dre and 50 Cent).
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My personal favorites from this record include 3 A.M., My Mom, Insane, We Made You, Stay Wide Awake, Must Be the Ganja, Beautiful, Crack a Bottle & Underground.
The lyrics to "Insane" are quite disturbing and tell of a boy being raped by his step dad - and "Beautiful" seems to call upon people to believe in themselves and their own beauty.
All great songs, and the style is what an Eminem fan would expect (or better!!!) but there is a lot more message there. Of course there are also the same old fun tracks like "Crack a Bottle" and a few about drug abuse..
Anyhow, great album - listen to it, even for people who don't count themselves as fans - it's really really good.
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First off, this album is not only catchy, it is packed with a rage and ferocity only Eminem can summon, e.g. songs like "8 Mile," that are bursting with so much intensity they give you goosebumps. That is the vibe (only creepier) of this album and it's Eminem's signature sound; no one else does it quite like him. As a songwriter, I know that it is next to impossible to write material that is so striking; in fact, I've never achieved it, and that's why my hat goes off to Eminem. Eminem invested a lot in this album. Deep beneath all the profanity and sensationalism, all the flinging of every taboo in my face, I sensed an artist who just *had* to get it all out, an artist hell bent on expressing himself, freaking the bejesus out of everyone, and doing it all in the most ear-catching way musically possible.
Some people are criticizing this album as mere pandering to a sensation-starved public, but I disagree. The songs are just too potent. If it were mere mass-produced fluff, the material would sound apathetic and be easier to digest, but it isn't. Eminem keeps you guessing. It sometimes sounds like he's rapping for the masses, but more often it sounds like he's rapping for personal catharsis. Sometimes his raps are alarmingly direct, sometimes camped up and ironic. Lyrics pertaining to the exterior world, (pop culture references and social commentary), are intertwined with twisted, personal tales from deep inside his brain. Misogynistic stories are juxtaposed with statements of concern about his daughter and parenting. Tracks riddled with sleaze, innuendo, and silliness mingle with deep tracks about believing in yourself and finding purpose. At varying points he demands respect, makes fun of himself, or plays the victim. And when he spits a tight rhyme using an incongruently bratty, whiny, juvenile voice . . . yep, that's what I'm talking about. Who in the heck is this guy? Lesser artists are more transparent; you instantly know what they're all about. But with Eminem, his persona and tone are constantly in flux. Offensive as it may be, a riveting personality emerges from the madness.
In conclusion, buy this album to be guided by a mesmerizing MC with some of the best chops in the business who will lead you down a dark path you (hopefully) would never find on your own. Eminem is so good at conjuring up all the ugliness in our society that you feel confronted by it, you stare at it straight in the face. The experiencing is kind of jolting, definitely exhilarating. But Eminem's always been good at that. What I like about this album in particular is that he sounds less bratty going about it. I revisited the Slim Shady LP after listening to Relapse and found it (only slightly) annoying. On Relapse, Eminem tackles the dark tales with more imaginative scope and maturity. Another reviewer, J. Berger, felt that this album was more about "art for art's sake" and I think that sums it up. Eminem tackles the same old topics here, but the effect is more probing and less whiny. His voice even sounds a little deeper. I love it.
Eminem . . . if you read this . . . don't you think I maybe deserve an autographed Relapse for working ever so hard on this review and shining a bright light on the strengths of this, your latest and heavily contested album? Why don't your people call my people, etc. etc. ;)
After the Marshall Mathers LP I never thought I would say this again, but this is by far the darkest album Eminem has ever put out. Almost every song has something to do with rape, murder or incest. By the time I got half-way through the album it was getting really old and kind of had me wondering if this guy should have ever left rehab.
Once it got to "Old Time's Sake" though, things started picking up again. I was actually feeling the songs a little bit. I was actually smiling by the end of it. The last four tracks are fantastic (not including the skit) and made me realize that he's gone through a lot the last few years and that's probably got a lot to do with how dark the first half is.
I think he had to get this album off his chest. It's nowhere near his best, but a lot has happened since the Eminem Show (first of all Encore, and then all his drug issues and probably some other stuff too) so you can't expect him to just pop out another classic like it's no big thing. This is a necessary step to him coming back, and even though it wasn't great, it ended well enough to where I'm convinced Relapse 2 is going to be some of his best work. If you haven't got it yet, don't buy the whole thing, just get a few tracks off of it. I recommend Bagpipes from Baghdad, My Mom, and Old Time's Sake and every song after it. Don't prove me wrong Em, I'm willing to look past this and Encore if Relapse 2 is going to be as good as I think it is.
*Oh and please, if you're going to vote or comment on this review, why don't you go back and listen to any of his albums before Encore and then listen to this. I'm not a fanboy or a hater. I just call them like I see them. Just read the above if you want to know what I think about this album, and keep your fanboy/hater garbage off my review. I'm here to seriously talk about music.
The album has 20 tracks, 15 of which are actual songs, and 12 of those 15 have Eminem rapping in some type of accent. Despite the appearance of actor Dominic West and the way the skits tie together to create the feel of a concept album, I have nothing much to say about the skits...They're amusing at times, but I delete them off my iPod once I listen to the album. With that said, I'll discuss the songs.
While his lyrics do touch on the subject of his mother, his drug addiction, and his recovery much of the lyrics on Relapse detail murder fantasies and feature an extensive amount of celebrity name-dropping. It's Eminem's darkest album lyrically and a complete departure from the three studio releases that preceded it. The more I've listened to Relapse, the more it reminds me of The Slim Shady LP. Both are completely different albums, but Relapse resembles that album more closely than any other Eminem album and is likely the closest thing Eminem has done or ever will do to that record.
Listening to the album several times, there's not a single weak track on the album although at first I thought so. I initially couldn't stand the track "3 a.m.," but I now find it delightfully macabre. "My Mom" is very reminiscent of TSSLP, with lyrics that alternate between lame ("Now I'm on what I'm on cause I'm my mom") and clever ("...Then I fall in bed/With a bottle of meds/And a Heath Ledger bobblehead"). "Insane" is a song that is pure shock value, with a really cool beat that sounds like a remixed horror film score. "Bagpipes from Baghdad" is a witty, catchy track that began the Eminem-Maria Carey feud and the song itself exists somewhere between Encore and The Eminem Show.
"Hello" and "Same Song & Dance" (the latter being a murder fantasy about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears) are good tracks, but not incredibly memorable. "We Made You" was one of the singles and it's a fun, fast, witty, and infectious track with a chorus by Charmagne Tripp that works remarkably well. It's also one of the only songs that appear to really work with the accent.
"Medicine Ball" is a blatantly offensive; not-to-be-taken seriously rap that actually has Eminem rapping as Christopher Reeve at one point. Next we have another murder fantasy ("Stay Wide Awake" which has a very memorable chorus), two "fun" songs featuring guests ("Old Times Sake" with Dr. Dre and "Crack a Bottle" with Dre and 50 Cent), a very catchy "fun" song ("Must Be the Ganja"), two of Eminem's most personal tracks ("Déjà vu" and "Beautiful"), and arguably the best track on the album ("Underground").
"Déjà vu" is the only track that has Eminem rapping about his drug addiction and "Beautiful" is the most personal track on the album; both, coincidentally, feature Eminem rapping in his real voice. But if you're looking for the deeply personal Eminem we all know and love, this is not the album for you. If all of Eminem's previous albums were non-fictional, this is his first fictional record. While murder fantasies are prevalent throughout the record, tracks like "Must Be the Ganja" and "Crack a Bottle" do bring a little bit of light to the dark record Eminem has created here.
As I said, there's not a weak track here...But my favorite tracks are Déjà vu, Beautiful, and Underground, all of which have him rapping in his normal voice. While I do prefer Eminem's style of rapping on Recovery, this album is actually a solid, eclectic effort from the rapper. His extensive use of accents extensively throughout the album may bother some, but it's a style that suits the morbid, dark subject matter much better than his normal voice would have. I can't say where this album ranks in the Eminem cannon, but it's a great album that only got better the more I listened to it. For me, this album solidifies Eminem's staying power in the rap genre and shows a rapper willing to experiment with his art. Who else could make an album with several murder fantasies that also happens to be witty and fun at the same time?
We Made You and Crack A Bottle don't fit into this album. So do not judge the CD on those two songs. The CD is sick and twisted, just what people wanted him to do. That's what he's doing. And it's not good enough. He does use the "accent" a couple times, but for example in 'Same Song & Dance' it works because he's portraying a stalker/killer, so it sounds believable. He brings up Mariah Carey, wow big deal. People are making such a huge deal about it. Why? It's not like he's talking about Triumpth and using the "voice" in a really stupid way. If you actually listen to the CD, you'll hear he doesn't use it that much.
Listen to the songs a few times, listen to the lyrics, read them if you have to. You will discover it's not as bad as people are saying.
Same Song & Dance
Stay Wide Awake
Again also people are complaining about the skits... Dr. West, Tonya, Paul, Steve Berman, Mr. Mathers, that there are too many, but Tonya, Dr. West and Mr. Mathers lead into the next song. And there is ANOTHER CD coming out in a couple months (hopefully) so stop whining about there not being a lot of songs, and too many skits.
If need-be listen to the 2 hour interview on Shade 45 of Eminem giving track-by-track information. Giving you a better idea and understanding of the songs.
If you don't love this album you either don't like real hip hop, you like that krunk club crap you hear on the radio with fools who sound like they have a mouth full of food. You only like songs about bitches, blunts, clubs, guns, and cars, or LOVE and SEX. YOU don't watch Law and Order SVU cuz you can't stomach it. Or you are jealous and hate the white boy cuz his flow and lyricism are better than anyone else who gets radio play. This is Slim Shady at his finest!
You have to start there, this is a SLIM SHADY album. If you're more of a fan of his Marshall Mathers persona theres songs like Mockingbird and When I'm Gone and the 8Mile soundtrack for you. If you love Eminem, the Eminem Show is an incredible album along with all his mixtapes and destruction of JaRule and Benzino. Encore could have been much better! And if you love Slim Shady this album is hot. I dare anyone to listen to The Slim Shady LP and then listen to Stay Wide Awake on this album and tell me any track on TSLP is better. He has evolved. Em locked Shady away and now he's out breathing the air, taking back whats his and reaping hell on a mainstream that has deteriorated into American Idol and Krunk Juice mixed with a little bit of over synthesized voices(Lil Wayne) and annoying voice samples(Kanye West). Ya he changes his voice throughout the album but that adds to the dimension. Its clever and amazing and exactly what it should be after years of anticipation. Think about artists like Jay-Z who are great but every time he comes out of retirement and puts something down its the same recycled stuff dumbed down and we never like it as much as the old original stuff. Em and DRe returned to the formula and put out something both raw, fun, spooky and real! Its fresh and different and unexpected and that's why they are the best! No he's not a mass murderer but we watch horror flicks and are entertained by the gore without criticizing the actors for acting. Em's lyrics are just that telling a horror story. Its fun and doesn't have to be "real".
Just sit back and listen to some the most intelligent rhymes ever put together. Try to recite some of them, its insane hard. This is Slim Shady at his best. I would say Eminem at his best is The Eminem Show and Marshall at his best was songs like Lose Yourself. Love it for what it is people and stop getting so hung up on it being different. Its supposed to be!