Relapse [Deluxe Edition]

Relapse [Deluxe Edition]

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by Eminem

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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-]

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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
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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Relapse 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
ButterFreeGodzilla4Life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome album by eminem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
eminem stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash and filth this is not real music its trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OrionTheCallOfKtulu More than 1 year ago
this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CliffBurtonReturns More than 1 year ago
this album is stupid and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
this is eminem at his worst what happened to the real eminem from 1999 and 2000 this album is one big epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiYoungMoneyCashMoney More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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god_given More than 1 year ago
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"
gravity More than 1 year ago
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.
Umastar More than 1 year ago
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.
michjandCA More than 1 year ago
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!
platanoloco More than 1 year ago
This disc is not suitable for anyone really especially the song about his step father. I do like the music for working out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
hanpark More than 1 year ago
First buying album and it was a good choice
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