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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
By letting Dr. Dre take over the low-end-funk production, and rhyming about things he actually cares about, he comes up with a more painful, honest and vital record than anyone could have expected at this late date, up there with The Eminem Show or maybe even better. The album it recalls most is his 1999 major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP, from the stripped-down Dre beats to the self-lacerating wordplay.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
Eminem's last album, 2004's Encore, felt like Mathers at half-mast; on the lacerating, compulsively listenable Relapse, it's clear he's passed through fire. [A-]

Eminem's last album, 2004's Encore, felt like Mathers at half-mast; on the lacerating, compulsively listenable Relapse, it's clear he's passed through fire. [A-]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602527032160
  • Catalog Number: 001286302
  • Sales rank: 24,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dr. West - Dominic West (1:29)
  2. 2 3 A.M. (5:19)
  3. 3 My Mom (5:19)
  4. 4 Insane (3:01)
  5. 5 Bagpipes from Baghdad (4:43)
  6. 6 Hello (4:08)
  7. 7 Tonya (0:42)
  8. 8 Same Song & Dance (4:06)
  9. 9 We Made You (4:29)
  10. 10 Medicine Ball (3:57)
  11. 11 Paul (0:19)
  12. 12 Stay Wide Awake (5:19)
  13. 13 Old Time's Sake (4:38)
  14. 14 Must Be the Ganja (4:02)
  15. 15 Mr. Mathers (0:42)
  16. 16 Déjà Vu (4:43)
  17. 17 Beautiful (6:32)
  18. 18 Crack a Bottle - 50 Cent (4:57)
  19. 19 Steve Berman - Angela Yee (1:29)
  20. 20 Underground (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist, Track Performer
Jeff Bass Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Trevor Lawrence scratching, Keyboards
Luis Resto Keyboards
Mark Batson Keyboards
Tamara Powell Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Sean Cruse Guitar
Traci Nelson Background Vocals
Lisa Ivey Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tavia Ivey Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Steve Berman Track Performer
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes Guitar
Kip Blackshire Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eric Danchick Sampling
Dawaun Parker Keyboards
Elizabeth Keener Vocals, Voices
Matthew St. Patrick Vocals
Charmagne Tripp Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Angela Yee Track Performer
Technical Credits
Walter Egan Composer
Dr. Dre Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Bass Composer
Don Black Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Andy Hill Composer
Trevor Lawrence Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Luis Resto Composer
Mark Batson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Melvin Bradford Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg Composer, Writer
Andre Young Composer
Paul Foley Engineer
Julian Alexander Art Direction
Eminem Composer, Producer, Writer, Audio Production
Sean Cruse Composer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Ruben Rivera Engineer
Curtis Jackson Composer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
Dennis Dennehy Publicity, Marketing
Doc Ish Audio Production
Paul D. Rosenberg Composer, Engineer
Dawaun Parker Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Andrew Flad Marketing
John Fisher Studio Coordinator
Dominic West Producer
Sauce Audio Production
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    disgusting gross album by eminem

    eminem is back to business being a big fat cry baby this album is the most gross and disgusting album ever made eminem is the worst rapper/lyricist alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome album by eminem

    awesome album by eminem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome album by eminem

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

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    eminem is a washed up whimp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    eminem stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

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    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is pure trash and filth this is not real music its trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    this album is stupid and anoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is stupid and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is eminem at his worst what happened to the real eminem from 1999 and 2000 this album is one big epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem may be the most talented and relevant star now that M.Jackson is gone.

    Relapse is Eminem's album after a fifty year hiatus which he strugg;led with drug addiction and god knows what else. While Em did seem to be in form on Relapse the album as awhole was just a huge mess with several shady hopeful trying to proove they r ready to graduate hiphop 101. Eminem hasnt really amde abd albums as of yet many people see Encore as the worst but it was just em running in place a move fifty tried with curtis which worked out even worse for him.

    On relapse Em is back in shape whipping saracastic inventive rhymes using strange accents over great beats by dre and even producing himself in some highlight tarcks. As a whole Relapse may be Em's finest work if it werent for "we amde u, same song and dance" in these he falls a little short still outshining avergae emcees and vetrans as well but now surpassing himself which at this point is all he is aiming for.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good

    First buying album and it was a good choice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Close, but not up to his top form.

    Just too much, and not enough. He can do so much better. He didn't nail the humor, nor did he rise to his potential with the lyrics.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Eminem is one of a kind

    This disc is not suitable for anyone really especially the song about his step father. I do like the music for working out.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The summer of Slim Shady part 2

    The Marshall Mather's LP from 2000 was the summer of Slim Shady. In the summer of 2000 you could hear that album everywhere. It certaintly never left my CD player. This album is a return to that greatness. This is Em returning to the brillance of straight forward looniness. Its a tough listen, but after a few spins it has the staying power of Em's first 2 LP's. Summer and Slim Shady go hand in hand!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Relapse is Eminem's Best CD to Date

    This CD had me laughing, crying, and everything in between. Eminem is amazing, and fans will not be disappointed.

    It was so good, I even bought a second one for my Father.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Don't call it a comeback!!

    Eminem's new album Relapse proves his longevity. His long-awaited solo return to the mic has brought an inner-peace to those eagerly anticipating Shady's presence. His unfortunate turmoil bears fruit in this album consisting his problems with prescription pills. The album's overall dark theme is aimed at serial killing and his past drug abuse. He knew that fans and stans alike wanted that real raw lyricism that made him famous on his previous albums (minus Encore). The first song, 3 A.M., delivers a new and rejuvinated Em and proves his talent as a songwriter with edgy and sadistic rhymes. Also, another notable dark track is Stay Wide Awake. His flow and rhyme-scheme are absolutely untouchable on this song, it may just be his most talented song he ever made. Then there is Insane. Probably the best beat on the entire album produced by Dre, Em's lines here are different to say the least, but still entertaining. Must be the Ganja, also remains another stand out amongst the album. This songs' cymbal-based melody stands toe-to-toe with Shady's verocity. Bagpipes from Baghdad, mirrors his other songs from previous years like Square Dance, but still nonetheless amuses and the bagpipes are an interesting addtition. However, there are some weak points I must explain. The tracks Medicine Ball, Same Song and Dance, and Hello all seem ill-placed amongst such a high-energy record that they almost sidetrack the album's theme. Finally the last song, Underground, sounds completely rushed and I'm sure he produced this song just to appease the fans that always expect a super-lyrical track as the finale. Underground unfortunately uses sophmoric lines and fails to impress me. All-in-all, it is a worthy record, similar to The Eminem Show. Never as good as the classic Marshall Mathers LP, but infintely better than Encore.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Em's Best Since The Marshall Mathers LP

    After hearing The Eminem Show (which was not terrible, but I'll get into that later) and the sub-par Encore, I was ready to just give up on Detroit's finest rapper. Then I heard he was working on a new album. That got my attention, after all, it had been 5 years. Then I find out that Dre is going to handle the production and the Slim Shady persona is making a comeback. This really got my ears pricked up. Now, I must say, Eminem is back, and what a comeback!

    The major problem with The Eminem Show was the song "Drips" with Obie Trice. I really felt that Marshall Mathers had sunk below his level of talent by resorting to a typical hip-hop "booty track". The rest of the album was pretty good, but that was about the time that he really started to slip, lyrically. Most of this had to do with the fact that he was doing a majority of the production, especially with Encore. I really feel that his focus on making beats was overshadowing his ability to come up with the clever rhymes and wordplay that dominated The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. Couple that with the fact that he was constantly trying to find a way to top himself and was coping with all of the craziness of his personal life, and you have a cocktail for disaster.

    Enter Relapse. Slim Shady is back, as is Marshall Mathers. Eminem is back to his internal rhyme schemes and twisting of words along with a new flow that bounces gracefully off of Dr. Dre's beats (which are among his finest in years). He slides in between downbeats and mixes the tempos between his lyrics and the beat (listen to Underground for a prime example of this) creating a hypnotic flow that is almost un-real. Relapse focuses lyrically on a few topics: pills, celebrities, Eminem's addiction to pills, murder, Debbie (only on two songs, though) and the trials and tribulations he's gone through in the years he has been gone. This is clearly a more focused and determined Marshall Mathers than we've seen in some time. And I love it.

    Best Tracks: "Insane", "Same Song & Dance", "Underground"

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    EMINEM IS BACKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE EMINEM :]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eminem is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is BACK!!!!!!! i love all of his songs so far! especially 3 a.m.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    EM IS BACK!

    Eminem is back with a new album. Even though the first 2 singles aren't what most fans thought it would be, we are all glad shady is back in the game!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 27, 2009

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