Revival

Revival

by EminemEminem

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Overview

"Am I lucky to be around this long?" Eminem wonders this on "Walk on Water," the first track on his 2017 album, Revival, which arrives when the 20th anniversary of his 1999 debut, The Slim Shady LP, is just 14 months away. Aging is never easy for a star but it may be harder for Marshall Mathers, since his earliest records were equal parts rage and pranks -- emotions that tend to mellow as the years stack up. Underneath all that attention-grabbing bluster lay Eminem's boundless technical proficiency, which was the real reason he scored a monumental breakthrough in 1999 and sustained a career. Put it simply, he didn't sound like anybody else when he started, and now that he's conceivably halfway through his journey he doesn't sound like anybody else either, a quality that can make Revival compelling, albeit only intermittently. Provocative and muddled, Revival percolates with ambition but doesn't lack in laziness either: not only can Eminem not resist recycling the templates for "Stan" and "Love the Way You Lie," he stumbles through a loop as dull as Joan Jett's "I Love Rock & Roll" on "Remind Me," a sample that not only plays as leaden but is laden in nostalgia. Then again, the past isn't far from Em's mind, particularly his long, tortured relationship with his on-and-off love Kim, who is the subject of "Remind Me" and "Bad Husband." The latter finds Eminem holding himself accountable for his past misdeeds, an emotional candidness that finds a counterpart in his increased political consciousness, a shift sparked by his deep disgust for President Donald J. Trump. Reckoning with Trump has the same effect as grappling with his own middle age: it forces Eminem out of his comfort zone, pushing him to sharpen his lyrics. When he sticks to familiar territory, he shifts his focus to his flow and the results can still startle, whether he's playing with legato shifts of phrase or speeding through "Offended." Listening to Eminem challenge himself on a sheer technical level -- and the absence of any major guest rappers suggests he thinks he's in a class of his own -- can still be a wonder.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2017
Label: Aftermath
UPC: 0602567146445
catalogNumber: 002776202
Rank: 25972

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Amanda McBroom   Composer
Sam Harris   Composer
Barry White   Composer
David Byron   Composer
Alan Merrill   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Tommy Chong   Composer
Jon Ingoldsby   Composer
Andrew Jackson   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Dolores O'Riordan   Composer
Luther Rabb   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Erick Sermon   Composer
Parrish Smith   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer
Matt Dike   Composer
Fredwreck Nassar   Composer
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Marvin Young   Composer
Antonina Armato   Composer
Richard Marin   Composer
Duval Clear   Composer
Gaye DeLorme   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
Regina Spektor   Composer
Leon Michels   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
Justin Smith   Composer
Emile Haynie   Composer
Andreas Lemke   Composer
Pranam Injeti   Composer
Erik Alcock   Composer
Liz Rodrigues   Composer
Dave Guy   Composer
Timothy Price   Composer
Jesse Weaver   Composer
Charles Bradley   Composer
Marc Shemer   Composer
Mike Strange   Composer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Theron Feemster   Composer
Trevor Lawrence   Composer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Aaron Kleinstub   Composer
Thomas Armato Sturges   Composer
Kenneth Hensley   Composer
Tyrone Kelsie   Composer
Holly Hafermann   Composer
Jim Walters   Composer
Bryan Fryzel   Composer
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer
Eric Mc Intosh   Composer
Ray Fraser   Composer
Jake Hooker   Composer

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