With 741, 000 copies sold in the first week and debuting at number one on the US Bilboard 200 chart, Recovery is Eminem's sixth consecutive album to become number one in the United States. After the release of Relapse (2009), many may have wondered if the self-proclaimed 'Slim Shady' may have lost his mojo. But with the release of Recovery, Eminem has once again proved why he is one of the best in the rap industry if not the whole music industry.
With the removal of his trademark skits, the album provides us with 17 songs. The majority of his songs are more raw and emotionally expressive than those provided by his alter ego Slim Shady. WIth the death of his best friend Proof, one can definitely expect to hear lyrics full of grief, pain, motivation, and not surprisingly, recovery. One may argue that Recovery is just another commercial rap album. With featured artists like Pink and Rihanna, one may find it hard to disagree. But one could also look at this as an experimentation with different genres of rock and pop. And after hearing these songs, it could be said that the experiment was a success. "Won't back down" featuring Pink is a rock song that may at first sound repulsive for those that only have an ear for rap. It won't win everybody over, but it doesn't try to.
This album is by no means perfect however. After listening to the album one can sense that Em was trying to prove to himself and to everyone else that he's still got it. As much as we would like to think that this is a good thing, one can definitely sense a bit of desperation from each song. The album, as a whole, is also questionable in terms of song variability. One could even be called monotonous. Nevertheless, Recovery is definitely one of Eminem's better albums. The album as a whole may feel incomplete, but individually each song is clever, motivational, and original. The album is not better than The Eminem Show or The Marshall Matthers LP but it is definitely an album to get.