Eminem’s got a new album out. It is called Recovery. The previous album was called Relapse, much anticipated, but ultimately a little bit of a bummer to me. It had the crass badassery of his debut album with nowhere near the lyrical brilliance and charm. Tracks like Guilty Conscience that had me hooked at 13 were notably absent.
‘Relapse’ refers to a drug habit he had developed during his self imposed exile from mainstream music. And Recovery refers to his decision to get clean, It WAS his decision apparently
It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you
So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through
And don’t even realise what you did, believe me you
I been through the ringer, but they can do little to the middle finger
Who this ‘you’ he is talking to is, i suppose, me; his fan. Or his other fans. Seeing as i never bought anything of his that he got paid for. Unless Promedia paid Interscope royalties. But i wonder what the guy wants now. What’s driving home? He came, he saw and pretty much conquered the scene before gracefully bowing out years ago. Now he’s back and what does he want? The man has made it as he used to define ‘making it’ already. Now he sounds a bit more spiritual. No more talking about showing up Will Smith at the Grammys and repeatedly abusing his mother and/or killing his wife/Britney Spears/Carson Daly/Christina Aguilera/Vanilla Ice/Himal Kotalawala. But maybe it is too early to judge, i haven’t listened to the album yet. But the fires of his first releases seems somewhat stoked. There’s no Eminem like an Eminem with something to prove.
Its gone straight to number one on the Billboards. But it is true that they let any old thing get up there these days. The test will be when i (illegally) download his whole album and have a listen. Then maybe i’ll have better insight. I still have the songs from relapse somewhere. Barely listened to em more than twice or so.
‘Mosh’ was a song released right before the re-election of George Bush. Calling for people to vote against him. It is a pretty powerful demonstration of the right to freedom of speech and the role of art in addressing social issues. His lyrical brilliance shines though like a filament though a bulb. Admittedly the video itself has a lot to do with the overall effect; taking into context all the prevalent internal social issues of American society. It ends with
…To disarm this Weapon of Mass Destruction
That we call our President, for the present
I like him cause he’s blunt and raw. And he don’t take no crap
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