While Eminem’s newest body of work is going to have a stellar amount of hits, the front end of the album, tracks like “Untouchable,” and “Like Home” featuring Alicia Keys, reign supreme on the album, it’s unfortunate to report that the album starts to bottom out after the “Revival” Interlude. Taking a qualified deep dive on Marshall’s work, and being familiar with his catalog, it’s safe to say that it’s not his WORST, but it will rank on the low end of the Top 5 of his albums.
On the more palatable tracks, the songs leave support to the chosen album artwork of Em hanging his head in his hands behind an American flag, making a lot of political commentary on the state of America itself, and the president that leads it. “Untouchable” highlights police brutality and white privilege, while “Like Home” brings an empowered inspiration to not give up on America, because it’s home.
Ed Sheeran’s contribution to the album in the song “River” will prove to be one of the most controversial tracks, citing a love triangle gone bad, both in a one-night stand / revenge hook-up that leads to unprotected sex and an abortion will probably lead to many asking Eminem if he knows first hand, let alone the pop world questioning Ed Sheeran on the same subject.
But would we expect anything less controversial from an Eminem release? Most would say not. All in all, the album has many tracks that will please the mainstream masses, but as Eminem proves on the track “Walk On Water” with Beyonce – he’s not perfect, and neither is his music, so enjoy the tracks that suit you the best.
To hear Eminem’s newest release ‘Revival,’ visit the attached Spotify plugin and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments. And, if you’re a tried and true Eminem fan, there will be a Spaghetti pop-up at The Shelter (as in “Mom’s Spaghetti”) Friday & Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from noon-5pm. My palms are sweaty just thinking about it.