Bri Blahg… Eminem Record Should Come With Pharm Ad Disclaimer

29 05 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Eminem cleaned himself up and set about rooting around in the medicine cabinet of his psyche for his new album “Relapse.” The result is the darkest of… sometimes humor, sometimes dead eyed depravity. Eminem machine guns blame all over the map. It’s mom’s fault he was hooked on drugs even sprinkling valium on his steak (probably the funniest track on the record “3am”). “Insane” begins by being raped in the shed by his stepfather and ends up in a disturbing pile of rubble from there. Mariah Carey is in his cross hairs on “Bagpipes From Baghdad.” Pills, more rape, booze, more pills. Lindsey Lohan kidnapping fantasies. Sharing still more pills with Britney. Every song should come with the list of warnings you hear on every TV drug commercial. It’s the friggin Physicians Desk Reference set to beats.

There’s no denying Eminem’s immense talent. Deja Vu is brilliant and harrowing as Eminem stares down all the pill bottles and satan whispers in his ear that he ought to crack a cold beer and watch the game with him. This album is just so bloody depressing. I mean why the weird Christopher Reeve rap on “Medicine Ball.” What’s the point? That’s just it. I can’t think of any reason to spend more time with this record. That’s not to say it’s a bad album, it just leaves me feeling empty and more than a little sad.




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22 09 2009
Bri Blahg… Pearl Jam In Seattle, Bon Iver Heart 7th Graders… Music News Round Up 9/22/09 « Palestra Music Blog

[…] Relapse had its moments, but the album left me feeling empty and depressed. G Unit member DJ Whoo Kid says you haven’t heard anything yet. […]

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