Eminem’s new album, titled Revival, has been long-awaited and highly anticipated from the rap veteran… but wait no more!
On Friday, the “Rap God” released Revival, his ninth studio album and the first since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Immediately, the stage is set perfectly by the album’s very first song and single, “Walk On Water,” featuring beautiful hymn-like vocals from Beyonce. The song dives right into the immense pressure that was felt when creating this album, caused by high expectations from… well, everyone and the heavy responsilibity Eminem shouldered, not wanting to let anyone down. The track is incredibly vulnerable and honest, which is really what the whole album is, but in true Eminem fashion, of course!
Now, don’t get it twisted, showing vulnerabilitiy does NOT mean going soft! But, one can imagine the ridiculous level of stress Em has experienced trying to live up to the hype. After all, he has had ten #1 albums and five #1 songs with 172 millions albums sold. Not to mention that he is also the #6 artist (of any genre) of all-time in the U.S. and the #1 Hip-Hop artist of all-time, overall, anywhere AND holds the Guinness World Record for the most words in a song during the epic single, “Rap God,” from The Marshall Mathers LP 2! (Read the previous article from Maximum Feedback here) Needless to say, this creates some pretty high expectations for one man.
Well, Marshall, you did not disappoint! Revival is truely an artistic showing of the man and artist you’ve become, it has shown us your evolution, it has breathed life back into the music of today. It is in every sense of the word, a Revival. As an Eminem fan from the very beginning, I have seen the amazing body of work that he has created (with the help of some incredible production from various people, but largely from Dr. Dre) spanning a more than 20 year career. Revival is nothing short of a masterpiece!
With the true lyricism and word play, the way he uses the cadence of his flow to be the rhythm of a track, the deep subject matter and his absolute talent for storytelling, it’s unnerving to me that the reviews of Revival have been as unforgiving as they are. Some opinions have been unbelievably hard on Eminem, but there have been some really good ones, too. Critically acclaimed or not, the fans seem to have taken to Eminem’s side in an equally strong opinion of how great the album is and I agree!
So, I usually don’t throw shade, it’s really not my style, but…. I saw a review that really pissed me off and I have to share. Mikael Wood, Pop Music Critic for The LA Times needs to stick to just that: Pop Music. He wrote that this was Eminem’s “clumsiest album to date” (among other things). He obviously knows nothing about Hip-Hop and his review of Revival seemed to be more personal opinion-based rather than a factual review. Did we even listen to the same album??
With production from Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil, Frequency, Mr. Porter, Mark Batson, Just Blaze and even Em, himself (to name a few) the album also offers features from Beyonce, Phresher, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Kehlani and Pink. How can you not love this album?
Read the unrealistic review of Revival by Mikael Wood of The LA Times (and make sure to leave a comment clearly stating your opinion)
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