The album chronicles his life during a very difficult period from a few years ago when he started to self-destruct with a prescription-drug addiction:
“I was trapped in my head. I’d spent most of my career going against the grain. Calling bullshit. And suddenly, I started running out of enemies,” he says. “I started to become that cliché: my own worst enemy.
Recovery is about that period in his life. Unfiltered and unrelenting, it’s the most emotionally grueling album Eminem has released, detailing his addiction, anxieties, and nightmares with barely any recourse to the schizoid character-juggling, gross-out humor, or splatter-film gore that have been his trademarks until now. Like the car trips he likes to take through his old neighborhoods, reminding himself how bad things were, Recovery is an often harrowing trip down one blighted memory lane — the kind of street you don’t feel quite safe on, even at 11 A.M.
Have you purchased Recovery? Do you like it? I’m dying to get it. I LOVE that song Love The Way You Lie with Rihanna. I am oddly very attracted to this guy. And now that he has changed his hotness factor has increased in my sick stalker-like eyeballs.
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