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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
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|Digital Video Formats:||CD|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||0.40 x 4.90 x 5.50 IN|
|1.||Dr. West (Skit)|
|5.||Bagpipes From Baghdad|
|8.||Same Song & Dance|
|9.||We Made You|
|12.||Stay Wide Awake|
|13.||Old Time's Sake - Featuring Dr. Dre|
|14.||Must Be The Ganja|
|15.||Mr. Mathers (Skit)|
|18.||Crack A Bottle - Featuring Dr. Dre & 50 Cent|
|19.||Steve Berman (Skit)|
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- Edited means that the music on the CD has "Edited" Lyrics, where certain lyrics that some may find offensive are "Bleeped out", it's very annoying on most CD's if you ask me, however there are a few exceptions where it sounds better Edited.by Halv8/13/2012Was this answer helpful? (1) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- Edited is the opposite of explicit. So if u buy an edited version of a cd or movie it will cut out the cuss words or intimate scenes in the songs or movie. But, if u like the original version of a cd/movie then i would get the explicit version or ask if they carry it in the particular store you are buying the cd/movie from. If you dont like the cusswords ect. then i would go with the edited version. Hope that helps..by Dwat4/11/2010Was this answer helpful? (2) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- No for some odd reason walmart will not carry "Explicit" versions of albums, If you want the "Explicit" Version go to another store such as target, shopko, or bestbuyby Halv1/5/2011Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- If you really wanted to make sure if the cd was edited or not I would call and ask which ever store you decide to purchase it from, because most stores sell both the edited version and the explicit version. I hope this helps you. :)by Dwat12/18/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (1)Was this answer helpful?
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