Album Review: Eminem's Relapse
It's been five years since Eminem released his last album, ‘Encore’. Five years is a lifetime in pop culture terms and we've seen sweeping international changes in that time. In a nutshell: music, fashion and politics have all moved on. The same can't be said for Marshal Mathers III. If this new album is an indication, Eminem is still stuck in 2004.
The opening single, ‘You Made Me’ was the first warning sign. While the record company obviously wanted a safe concept to reintroduce their Golden Goose, both the song and the accompanying videoclip felt like a simple retread of past glories. The follow-up, ‘3am’, doesn't help matters either. Whereas a concept song about a serial killer may have once shocked segments of the public, it just comes across a bit sad and misguided in 2009 – especially for an audience who have doubtless watched a few seasons of Dexter.
Basically, Eminem has lost his edge. The rapper that broke new ground at the start of this decade has spent the better part of five years popping pills and locking himself away from the outside world. The result is an album that simply mimics what was already getting tired in 2004. Next.
Release date: 20 May 2009 (Universal)
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