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Sunday, 2 January 2011


LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: (NO ARCHIVES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rapper Eminem performs onstage during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

5/5. After a 'Relapse' induced comeback, Eminem wanted to come back even harder. So he went back into the studio with Dre, his notebook and the mind of his own as he started his 'Recovery'. What resulted was just the right medicine. Eminem returned to his deeply, disturbed, potent lyrics and delivered them without a spoonful of sugar for the watered down mainstream. With 'Recovery' Em' gave his best and most complete album since 'The Eminem Show' began. His lead single 'I'm Not Afraid' showed his fearlessness on his quest for the top spot, while the epically dark, 'Cold Wind Blows' confirmed his scarily good return, as this track set off the classic album. Shady victory danced on 'Cinderella Man' and enlisted P!nk for an usually great collaboration on 'Won't Back Down'. Still, however the man who once brought out Elton John for the Grammy's wasn't done with the unbelievable duets. 'Love The Way You Lie' with Rihanna was the collabo and many peoples song of the year, while 'AMP's & 808's' top ten. 'No Love' with Lil' Wayne furthered this unique duo's chemistry on this set. After sampling Haddaway's 'What Is Love', Em' also played career Russian Roulette sampling a terrible Ozzbourne family duo for the brilliant 'Goin Through Changes'. As Marshall Mathers spun the barrel on this record the only thing he shot down was the competition. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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