We admired Eminem's 2010 album Recovery because Slim Shady managed to avoid unleashing that character, making the LP an honest and visceral portrayal of his drug addiction and comeback; all the harm done was of the non-violent kind, as it centered on the pain Eminem caused himself and his family. On 2009's Relapse, however, on songs like "3 a.m.," Eminem fully embraced that depraved creature with knives out. Take the lyrics, "All you want is to rest 'cause you can't run anymore you're done. All he wants is to kill you in front of an audience. While everybody is watching in the party applauding it" and "Blood all over me, dead bodies behind the counter, s---, guess I must have just blacked out again."
Considering one of the few Bad Meets Evil songs was called "Scary Movies," we should have foreseen Em going down that dark road again, but we also hoped the 38-year-old had outgrown the character. The title might be misleading, and this album might be full of tales of Detroit and addiction, but we doubt it. There will be blood, probably.