Eminem “Revival” Review

Eminem Returns With His Highly Anticipated “Revival”

Justin Angellar

Eminem may be the most well known rapper of all time. He boasts the highest sales figures of any artist in the genre, and by a good margin. In his prime, he dominated charts globally with albums such as the “Marshall Mathers LP” and “The Eminem Show,” which greatly influenced the direction hip hop would move to in the future.

Hip hop is mainly a young man’s game however, and Eminem is in his mid-forties, far past the age of the average rapper in their prime. What age offers you in any artform is experience- and hip hop is a great medium to display that experience, both through skill and creativity. Unfortunately, on his latest record “Revival,” Eminem doesn’t reveal a whole lot of either.

Structurally, the album is a mess. Totaling 19 tracks and an hour and 17 minutes in length, Eminem stumbles through an extremely broad collection of genres and subjects, never solidifying on anything.

The album kicks off with arguably its highest point, “Walk on Water.” Eminem discusses his growing irrelevance from an extremely personal and emotional perspective. With a beautiful hook performed by Beyonce, the lead track may seem to indicate an album of introspection and maturity. However, almost immediately, the album takes a nosedive through the rest of its ambitious tracklist.

There’s pure pop-rap that sounds straight out of 2010, with tracks like “River” featuring Ed Sheeran, and “Need Me,” featuring Pink. There’s poorly mixed rap-rock where Eminem delivers the worst lines in his recent career with tracks like “Heat.” And, finally, in an attempt to stay trendy, trap instrumentals are lazily placed on “Chloraseptic” and various other tracks.

On top of all this, multiple political tracks are thrown into the already unfocused album. These songs, “Untouchable” and “Like Home,” really aren’t very interesting, and don’t break any new ground. Eminem just rehashes what hip-hop has been saying since the election, and he doesn’t do it in a new way. Nothing clever, nothing creative, no new points. Just Eminem repeating ideas that have been better said by others, complete with poorly produced beats.

On “Revival,” Eminem tries to stay trendy, explore genres, be political, stay true to his original style for fans and break new groundall on the same record. He ultimately succeeds in small ways in each category, but that doesn’t make for a memorable or enticing listen.