Eminem, "Recovery" (Aftermath/Interscope) Rating: 1.5/4
Coming from a guy who consistently whines about or rails against anyone who dares to criticize or “down” him, the most notable lines on the sixth major-label album from self-constructed hip-hop boogieman Eminem find him agreeing with those of us bored silly by his last few releases. “Them last two albums didn’t count,” he raps. “‘Encore’ I was on drugs/‘Relapse’ I was flushing them out/I’ve come to make it up to you now.” But given that confession—the most honest of many on “Recovery”—why should we believe him?
True, Marshall Mathers seems to have rededicated himself to spitting out sometimes unbelievably complicated rhymes at double- and triple-time; all the poisons he ingested seem to have left that agile tongue undamaged.