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article imageOp-Ed: Reviewing Eminem's new 'Recovery' album

By Matt Harding     Aug 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Eminem deserves an A+ for this phenomenal album, which should win album of the year. His masterful rhymes and songwriting cap off the aptly named 'Recovery.'
Song by song, Recovery takes you through Eminem's life before, during, and after drugs. Eminem raps about how his music wasn't where it should have been and even apologized to his fans. Read the lyrics as you listen to them; you'll understand, whether you're into rap/hip-hop or not, that Eminem is an intelligent songwriter.
Here's a review of each song individually, including a look at some incredible lyrics:
1. Cold Wind Blows: The album's opening song isn't for those who can't take a cuss word or two (or 21 F-words). Cold Wind Blows is by far the raciest song on the album. That, perhaps, is the reason why Eminem placed it first on the CD. It's not a personal favorite of mine, but, I'd continue listening, or simply skip to the second song.
"But I swear, you try to diss me, I'll slaughter you / I'll put that on everything / Like everyone does with autotune."
2. Talkin' 2 Myself: If you took my advice and you're still listening to the album, you're in for a treat with this track. You'll start off by hearing Em thank everyone for "bearing with me over these last couple of years." Then, you'll hear a catchy chorus by a relatively unknown rapper named Kobe. After that, Marshall Mathers does his thing. He admits that he "almost made a song dissin' Lil Wayne." Continuing, Eminem said, "It's like I was jealous of him cause the attention he was gettin'." His honesty in this song shows, as he raps about his declining health, amongst other things.
"One foot on the brake, one on the throttle / Fallin' asleep with writer's block in the parking lot of McDonald's."
3. On Fire: As 'y0958' wrote on songmeanings.net, if you're disappointed in the lack of a good chorus in the song, you need to listen to what Eminem raps. "I just wrote a bulls*** hook in between two long a** verses if you mistook this for a song, look..." The comment of 'y0958' reads: "He's not trying to appease critics and the masses. He did this one for his old school fans and he did it well. This song is definitely classic Eminem, not a whole lot of depth to it, but definitely some very well put together rhymes." I couldn't agree more.
"That's how ya know your on a roll / 'cause when you hot it's like your burnin' up everyone elses cold."
4. Won't Back Down: This song is the first on the album to feature a well-known pop star. Pink is the singer who lays down this rock-style chorus. In fact, until Eminem starts rapping, you'd mistake this for a rock ballad. However, it's not. Eminem quickly addresses that. This song is a quick four minutes and 26 seconds due to Em's lightning quick vocal speed. This song charted at 62 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, according to Wikipedia.
"Screaming F that, yeah super ill / Baby what the deal, we can chill / Split a half a pill and a happy meal."
5. W.T.P. (White Trash Party): This song reminds me of 'old-school' Eminem more than any other. You have to listen to it to understand what I mean.
"So ladies if your belly button's not an innie then I'm outie / Now hop in my minivan, let's get rowdy."
"Make a five seater / I'll be damned if I feed a chick / It ain't like me to split a piece 'a dry pita."
6. Going Through Changes: This song's "chorus" is really just a snippet of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Changes.' Still, the song definitely represents the album's meaning: recovery. The song leads his fans through the changes he's went through in the past few years, primarily ridding himself of drugs. 'Going Through Changes' also has several moments where Eminem refers to Proof, a friend and fellow rapper who was murdered in 2006. As the song progresses, Eminem recalls an apparent overdose that sent him to the hospital.
"I lock myself in the bedroom, bathroom, nappin' at noon / Yeah dad’s in a bad mood, he’s always snappin' at you / Marshall what happened at you, you can’t stop with these pills / And you’ve fallen off with your skills, and your own fans are laughin' at you."
Album art for Eminem s single  Not Afraid
Album art for Eminem's single 'Not Afraid'
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7. Not Afraid: The single that was an absolute hit. This song made music lovers across the world interested in the entire album, which didn't disappoint. 'Not Afraid' is, by far, the easiest to play on the radio. Perhaps 'Song of the Year' is in store for this hit? We'll see.
"No more beef flingers, no more drama from now on, I promise / To focus solely on handling my responsibility's as a father / So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof like my daughters and raise it / You couldn't lift a single shingle on it / 'Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club / Or the corner pub and lift the whole liquor counter up / 'Cause I'm raising the bar, I shoot for the moon / But I'm too busy gazing at stars, I feel amazing and / I'm not afraid."
8. Seduction: This song has to be my least favorite on the album. It's not terrible, but it's probably the only one that you may want to skip over. Still, Eminem is a great rapper and some great rhymes can be found in every verse.
"She say's it's quicker to count the things that ain't wrong with you than to count the things that are / There's a seven disc CD changer in her car, and I'm in every single slot, and you're not."
9. No Love: This is the only song on the album where Em shares the stage with another mainstream rapper, Lil Wayne. The song starts with a long verse by Wayne, then the two join for the chorus. This is followed by a lengthy verse performed by Eminem, finished off by the two joining for the chorus yet again. The song is about how he has no love for those who've showed him no love.
"Man get these whack c***suckers off stage / Where the f*** is Kanye when you need him? / Snatch the mic from him, b**** I'mma let you finish in a minute."
10. Space Bound: This song shows Eminem's love for someone, and ends with him choking her to death and then killing himself. On songmeanings.net, 'kmart867' says, "This is Eminem's attempt at producing a sad love song, he succeeds immensely." Some of the folks on this website are definitely musically intellectual, and I agree with 'kmart867' saying what a success this song is.
"Don't play games it'll be dangerous / If you f*** me over / 'cause if I get burnt I'mma show you what it's like to hurt / 'cause I been treated like dirt before ya / And love is evil / Spell it backwards I'll show ya."
11. Cinderella Man: Not sure if I like this song. As a matter of fact, I'm not exactly sure what I should say about this song, seeing as how I'm not positive what it means. Figure it out for yourself!
"F*** my last CD, the shit's in my trash / I'll be g**d***** if another rapper gets in my a** / I hit the gas and I spit every rap as if it's my last."
12. 25 to Life: This is one of my favorites. Eminem is either referring to Kim, hip hop, or drugs. Perhaps, all three. The metaphorical nature of the title represents his 'life-sentence' to either Kim, hip hop, drugs, etc. '25 to Life' has an extremely catch chorus to boot! Take a listen.
"And I know that if I end this, I'll no longer have nothing left / But you keep treating me like a staircase, it's time to f***ing step."
13. So Bad: The beat to this song is probably the best on the album. This is another one of the better songs on the CD. I guess I've said that to most of the songs, but it's true. This album is truly great. As far as rap albums go, this could go down as one of the best ever and it's, in my opinion, clearly the best Eminem's ever put out.
"Take your time baby, oh you're the bomb baby / Oh, you're doing that even better than your mom, lady."
14. Almost Famous: Read the lyrics to this one. Three lengthy verses make this song seem even longer than it's 4:53 time. Weird beginning leads into a pretty good chorus followed with lyrical genius in the verses (Eminem, of course).
"He ain't given them shit, he says he'll pinch a penny so hard / He'll leave a bruise on the bronze so dark you can see the mark / With the scars, till Abraham Lincoln is screaming out AHH."
Album art for Eminem s single  Love the Way You Lie  featuring Rihanna
Album art for Eminem's single 'Love the Way You Lie' featuring Rihanna
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15. Love the Way You Lie: As of 8/14/10, 'Love the Way You Lie is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, need I say anything else about this song? Actually, yes:
Rihanna may be the reason why this is #1 on the radio and charts, but Eminem is the reason why this song is actually good. Rihanna has a great voice, and her chorus rendition is perfect. Still, this is Eminem's album, and he is definitely the reason why this song fantastic.
"I apologize even though I know it's lies / I'm tired of the games / I just want her back / I know I'm a liar / If she ever tries to f***ing leave again / I'mma tie her to the bed and set the house on fire."
16. You're Never Over: This song is a tribute to Em's deceased friend, rapper Proof. He mentions Proof in many other songs, but this one is most obviously all about him.
"And instead of mourning your death, I'd rather celebrate your life / Elevate to new heights, step on the gas and accelerate, I'mma need two mics."
17. Untitled: What an incredible way to end this album. Insane rhymes in this untitled track. I was speechless and still am while listening to this rap.
"Get up baby, get a move on like a U-Haul, you can rack your brain like pool balls."
So, you've heard a little something about each and every song. I sincerely hope you'll go out and buy this album. Or, at the very least, listen to a few tracks on YouTube. Recovery has launched, and millions, including me, are on board.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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