Eminem’s follow-up project to 2009 album Relapse is supposed to tell the story of how he had finally put his troubled past behind him and fly back via the to the pinnacle of the hip-hop scene. The album was originally set to be released as Relapse 2, but it was renamed to Recovery when Eminem found the album musically different from its predecessor. A major positive point in this album is in the ease with which Eminem dished out honesty on its tracks. He had bars like “Fuck my last CD, that shit’s in my trash”, on “Cinderella Man” one of the hit track on the album. Not only was he keen to throw shots at his previous effort because it was outright crap, but it being Eminem’s first new release in five years, Relapse denied Recovery the big comeback status it deserved. The album signified a shift away from Eminem’s Slim Shady persona, which seemed to have gotten people sick and tired at that point. Recovery had him trying something else entirely, which is why it could be seen as Eminem’s most daring album till date. He had collaborations with the unlikeliest of musicians; fit in a piano ballad-themed collaboration with Rihanna in “Love the Way You Lie” somehow; P!nk shows up the head-rocking “Won't Back Down”; not to mention Eminem strays outside his Dre/Bass Brothers comfort zone and reaches out to dudes like Just Blaze, Boi-1da, Jim Jonsin and Havoc for more eclectic beats to spice up the album. The project had him testing new genres with rap and he executed it effortlessly. The song was full of hit tracks, which is like most hits any of his 10 albums have had till date. He went HAM (Hard as a Mother**) on every track and he kept going bar after bar, punchline after punchline, without giving a single quarter on each track. The duration of each track ranged between 4 minutes to 5 minutes with only 2 tracks being 3 minutes long. Meaning he had a lot to say during his 5 years hiatus and rehabilitation following his drug overdose incident. He touched several topics in the album, ranging from club songs, toxic relationship (his forte), drugs, sex, self-adulation, motivation and/or encouragement, self-reflection, regrets, and lastly, forgiveness. He admitted to this change we noticed in his music in one of his songs, while he rhythmically walked us through his journey of the emotions he went through after the death of “Proof”, to his spiral down the rabbit hole of drug addiction to the near death of his career and that of the “Dirty Dozens” (D12), his overdose, the resuscitation and conviction from the on to lead a better life than he did prior to the overdose. The album took a while to people getting used to as Slim Shady was all about darkness, violence, and going for his colleagues’ throats (sometimes, the President’s throat as well), only to release a project that is somewhat the opposite of that. It earned him five nominations and two Grammy at the 56th Grammys Award event in the Album of Year, Rap Album of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Solo Performance, and Best Rap Song Categories. Beginning with the category he won, Best Rap Album, it went toe to toe with B.o.B’s The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3, The Root’s How I Got Over, and Drake’s Thank Me Later. In the Best Rap Song Category, he had two songs, “Not Afraid” and “Love The Way You Lie”, which was an amazing feat even though “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z won the category whilst also having a second song, “On To The Next One” in that category. One could easily say good songs were getting rare back then or the veterans where just in their top form and had the dopest motivation one needed to produce a project. This was the turning point for me as well in rap, so I get to enjoy heartfelt rap and not just chew on junk rap (dark, corny and toxic). The album is in the 9 – 9.5 rating for me.