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Relapse

Eminem

Relapse

Another hip hop collaboration with Dr. Dre, 10 years after his Slim Shady breakthrough

ADM rating[?]

5.7

Label
Interscope
UK Release date
19/05/2009
  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Brave, brilliant and beholden to nobody — Eminem has returned a giant.
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  2. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Brilliant and beholden to nobody — Eminem has returned a giant
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  3. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's Eminem's undeniable ear for the ""music"" of the language (""I'm just a hooligan who's used to using hallucinogens...""), however, which ensures that – love him or hate him – the real Slim Shady still stands up.
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  4. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    All that negative energy helps him fight the temptation to become comfortably numb. If you hate Em, he probably wouldn't blame you. But Relapse is reason to be glad he's still around.
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  5. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    He's timed his comeback well. Long enough to raise expectations but not so long they get too high, just the right distance to make this a welcome return and give hope for the sequel, Relapse 2 due at the end of this year.
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  6. 6.0 |   The Times

    An album that sits square between what Eminem is theoretically still capable of and what we feared he has become.
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  7. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Can you truly be crowned one of the greatest emcees of all time – and make no mistake, when on point Em is that and much more – without a hall of fame-worthy full-length? The question remains unanswered, because while it was, undeniably, dull without him, Relapse is less 12 steps than a stumbling one backwards
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  8. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    As Relapse's highlights prove, it's when he talks about himself that he really grabs your attention.
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  9. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    A record laced with self-loathing or at best re-evaluation.
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  10. 6.0 |   Clash

    At its best this record delivers precisely what fans have come to expect. It’s funny but it’s brutal; it’s bloody but it’s charming; it’s playful but it’s deadly serious.
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  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    His Recovery will never be complete – only a time machine can work that magic – but, in bursts, Eminem's health is very nearly rude
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  12. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    His rapping is back to its dynamic best, bouncing off the walls on the Haddaway sampling No Love, and furiously balancing syllables on the potential monster hit Space Bound
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  13. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    When he's on, like on Crack a Bottle, Stay Wide Awake and the other previously highlighted songs, he is a titan. Relapse is billed as a return to form, but it plays more like a departure note
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  14. 5.0 |   music OMH

    Half the time it's lazy, and the other half, it's dreary. Anybody else feel like they need a drink?
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  15. 5.0 |   NME

    The overriding feel is of an album just too jaded, too joyless to truly count as a return to form.
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  16. 4.8 |   Pitchfork

    Sure, it's great to have the guy back, if only due to the fact that if we get to ignore him for the next four years. But it'll be on our terms, not his.
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  17. 4.0 |   The Sunday Times

    For the most part, though, Relapse is regressive, rather than a step forward.
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  18. 4.0 |   The List

    There’s a follow up album promised in six months time that was recorded at the same time. Here’s hoping he’s saving the best for last.
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  19. 4.0 |   The Independent

    The album quickly becomes drably repetitive, while its dated tone is emphasised by the return of Dr Dre as producer.
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  20. 4.0 |   Spin

    Once you're acclimated to the carnage, tedium sets in. Relapse is really just another overlong summer blockbuster.
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  21. 3.0 |   PopMatters

    The thing is, being insane is simply not a good enough excuse to spread chauvinistic hate-speech like this, especially not when delivered in such a formulaic casing.
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  22. 2.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Recovery is a pretty plain attempt at recapturing past glories only without a Stan or a Without Me to make it seem worthwhile
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