I got my hands on Eminem's latest album, Recovery. After carefully listening to the album, I can safely declare Eminem back to his truest, and greatest form. Overall, his delivery on his lyrics is solid, full of that latent power that comes from someone who has experience in music and the wisdom to use that experience wisely. There was a hint that this type of album was coming with the last track on the "Relapse" CD.
Recovery exceeded all the hopes engendered by "Underground", by a long shot! This is Eminem at his best, not only performance-wise but also, in his writing. Here's the video for the first single, "Not Afraid".
That song has the makings of a true anthem! Anyone who has ever battled their own demons in a river of shit and come out on the other side of it clean and whole can relate to this song. And it serves as an inspiration for those who are still in a battle.
Yesterday, the video for the next single, "Love The Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna, was released. Giving Rihanna the hook to the song was an inspired choice, since she has had some of her own relationship troubles and that experience informs her performance. The two of them reflect the couple in the video as two damaged people caught in the fires of a extremely dysfunctional relationship.
Check it out:
My personal favorite track is "Cinderella Man", but that doesn't have a video yet. I'm hoping, though!! If you have the chance, give this album a listen.