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Relapse (Edited)

Release date: 05/19/2009

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Track Listings

1. Listen Dr. West (Skit)
2. Listen 3 A.M.
3. Listen My Mom
4. Listen Insane
5. Listen Bagpipes From Baghdad
6. Listen Hello
7. Listen Tonya (Skit)
8. Listen Same Song & Dance
9. Listen We Made You
10. Listen Medicine Ball
11. Listen Paul (Skit)
12. Listen Stay Wide Awake
13. Listen Old Time's Sake - Featuring Dr. Dre
14. Listen Must Be The Ganja
15. Listen Mr. Mathers (Skit)
16. Listen Deja Vu
17. Listen Beautiful
18. Listen Crack A Bottle - Featuring Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
19. Listen Steve Berman (Skit)
20. Listen Underground

About the Album

Eminem placed himself in exile shortly after Encore wound down, a seclusion initially designed as creative down-time but which soon descended into darkness fueled by another failed marriage to his wife Kim and the death of his best friend Proof, culminating in years of drug addiction. Em none too subtly refers to that addiction with the title of Relapse, his first album in five years, but that relapse also refers to Marshall Mathers reviving Slim Shady and returning to rap. Relapse is designed to grab attention, to stand as evidence that Eminem remains a musical force and, of course, a provocateur spinning out violent fantasies and baiting celebrities, occasionally merging the two as when he needles one-time girlfriend Mariah Carey and her new husband Nick Cannon. Strive as he might to make an impact in the world at large -- and succeeding in many respects -- Relapse is the sound of severe isolation, the product of too many years of Eminem playing king in his castle in a dilapidated Detroit, subsisting on pills, nachos, torture porn, and E! Daily News. As he sifted through junk culture, he also tweaked his rhyming, crafting an elongated elastic flow that contrasts startlingly with Dr. Dre's intensified beats, ominous magnifications of his thud-and-stutter signature. Musically, this is white-hot, dense, and dramatic not just in the production but in Eminem's delivery; he stammers and slides, slipping into an accent that resembles Paul Rudd's Rastafarian leprechaun from I Love You Man and then back again. His flow is so good, his wordplay so sharp, it seems churlish to wish that he addressed something other than his long-standing obsessions and demons. True, he spends a fair amount of the album exorcising his addiction -- smartly tying it to his never-abating mother issues on "My Mom" -- but most of Relapse finds Eminem rhyming twitchily about his old standbys: homosexuals, starlets, and violent fantasies, weaving all of them together on "Same Song and Dance" where he abducts and murders Lindsay Lohan, suggesting more than a passing familiarity with I Know Who Killed Me. The many, many references to Kim Kardashian's big ass and minutely detailed sadism can get a wee bit tiring, Relapse isn't really about what Eminem says, it's about how he says it. He's emerged from his exile musically re-energized and the best way to illustrate that is to go through the same old song and dance again, the familiarity of the words drawing focus on his insane, inspired flow and Dre's production. That might not quite make Relapse culturally relevant -- recycled Christopher Reeve jokes aren't exactly fresh -- but it is musically vital, which is all Eminem really needs to be at this point. [A clean version of the CD, with all profanities removed, was also released.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Artist: Eminem
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.19
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.9 x 5.5
UPC: 0060252703213

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 4reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Slim Shady I've been waiting for Em to make it back to the music industry since he left about 4 years back and he is coming back to the game picking up where he left off. I have all his others albums and this one does not dissapoint (No Surprise). "Bagpipes from Baghdad" is aimed at Nick Cannon and Mariah. Then Mariah responded with "Obsessed" which lead to Em responding with "The Warning" in which the lyrics are Brutal. You'll have to go to "YouTube" to hear the song because its not featured on "Relapse". 10/19/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by CLASSIC Please believe me when I tell you that this is the best album since the Marshall Mathers LP! The best rapper alive has come back, and he's not slouchin either! This album is a classic, I put that on everything! If you don't have this album by now, edited or unedited (however you like em) you need to catch up and cop it now! 4 years out the game and he's comin back harder than any other rap has ever done it! Big ups Em! 06/03/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by sometwhat good the only thing that i don't like about it its the fact that its edited 05/27/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by LOVE RELAPSE! this album is amazing. you see a different side of em in this album. its really entertaining and just amazing. i recomend this to everyone!!! 10/31/2012
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