Series Ranked: Eminem Albums/Revival Review

A few weeks ago, Eminem released a brand new album and I’ve got to say, it is sort of shocking. He seemed to mellow out a tad, going with slower, more personal songs, a side we haven’t seen from him in a while.

The style of songs are at first listen, very different and take a bit getting used to, much in the way some of his other albums did, but even more so. It is a little startling, but the more you listen to it, the more you see that Eminem at his core is very much present throughout every song. It turns out to be a very good album once you get used to it.

So how does it stand compared with his other albums? Let’s find out.

I am going to rank all his full length albums from my least favorite to most favorite.

Before I begin, however, I just want to inform you that I think his songs from his Shady XV compilation album and the Southpaw soundtrack are definitely his best ever made, but since they are not full albums with just him, they will not be listed, though I highly recommend checking these two out, for it really shows off his mastery of the English language.

And now, here we go!

#9

Infinite (1996)

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Eminem’s first full length album. It is quite good, but the low quality hurts it and actually prevents it from being higher on the list.

 

 

 

#8

Encore (2004)

Encore_(Eminem_album)_coverartHis fifth album is also his most disappointing, and the artist himself agrees, I believe, blaming his drug addiction on the poor result of this album. It features some very good songs on it, but also a handful of, in my opinion, the only bad songs he’s ever made. The rest are catchy and kind of good, but also very weird, making it easy to believe he was struggling with drugs at the time he was writing the album.

 

#7

The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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The first major label release of Eminem and the album that brought him world renown. It is really quite strange, but amazing nonetheless.

 

 

 

#6

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

The_Marshall_Mathers_LPHis third album is his best selling and even holds the record for the fast selling album of all time, last I heard anyway. It is a few steps up from his last album, though lyrically it is more like what you would expect to hear from every other rapper in the world, and I like Eminem when he does he own unique style more so than when he raps about drugs and killing people.

 

#5

The Eminem Show (2002)

The_Eminem_ShowHis fourth album is like a hybrid of the two albums preceding this one, making it quite fun to listen to with some of the catchiest songs he’s ever written.

 

 

 

#4

Relapse (2009)

Relapse_(album)His first album to come out after I and many other believed he had retired. It was quite different than his last few albums, sort of reminiscent of the Slim Shady LP, but with better raps. There are a few too many joke songs and not enough of the emotional ones he usually has on each album though.

 

 

#3

Revival (2017)

Revival_by_Eminem_coverAnd here is where his brand new album stands! That’s right, as of right now I find it to be his third best! Some truly unique songs with plenty of accompaniment from other artists make this truly a one of a kind album for him. A downside to the album is there is a bit too much on his political views in his lyrics, and we all know politics need to stay out of music.

 

#2

Recovery (2010)

Recovery_Album_CoverThis album really shows off what the rapper is capable of, propelling him into a completely different league from all of his previous albums. Every song is unique and full of energy. It’s just awesome.

 

 

 

#1

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

mmlp2This leaves us with his only “sequel” album and by far his best one. This took all the momentum of Recovery and tripled it. Every song was full of twists and turns, leaving you unable to predict what would happen next. The album has a ton of other artists to add their talents to the songs, the beats are awesome, not those typical rap beats, thus making the album hard to believe it is even rap. And every single song is jaw dropping. You can tell he put a ton of effort into this one.

Revival had the unfortunate timing to follow up his number 1 album, which makes me wonder if it hadn’t, would I like it more?

Who knows? But that is all his albums, from worst to best, though I can’t say any of them are anything but good.

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Artists Whose Talents Greatly Increased Between Albums, Part 4

Phew, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. You can check out part 1, 2 and 3 listed here if you’re curious. Now let’s see what other great talents need to be recognized.

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“Common Courtesy” (2013) by A Day To Remember

Genre: Metal, Hardcore, Pop Punk, Screamo, Progressive

A Day To Remember have always been okay to me, with the exception of one of their albums. They had a rocky start for sure, struggling to find a consistent, flowing sound. But their incredibly catchy clean vocals always made them fun and easy to listen to. It wasn’t until this album came out that they really showed what they could do. This is the album that everyone was waiting for, using the perfect blend of hardcore and pop punk that they have been searching for for years. Every song is creative, unique, emotional and just awesome. The music is the best they’ve ever done and there isn’t one dull moment on the album. After fans had to be kept waiting for years due to a legal battle with Victory Records, we weren’t left disappointed. For an album debuting their own, brand new record label, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

 

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“Still Searching” (2007) by Senses Fail

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Punk/Pop

I can still remember the first time I listened to this album, and I still get amazed every time I hear a song off or it 10 years later. Their debut album was a decent, enjoyable album, nothing too special, but good. And I loved it anyway. Then Senses Fail took us by surprise with Still Searching. It was like listening to a completely new and redefined band, yet still having their original central sound mixed in there. Every song is nothing short of amazing. The worst song to me is “Can’t Be Saved” and that is like one of their biggest singles. So take that into consideration to figure out how good the rest of the songs are. The album isn’t over done. It’s straight and simple, with catchy music with nice hardcore and metal riffs blended in…in short, it’s post-hardcore at it’s finest. They aren’t the most talented band out there, but they do the best they could, and the effect was something most bands can ever only hope to achieve.

And while we are talking about Senses Fail, let’s take it further. When Still Searching came out, I was actually kind of sad. I knew nothing could top it. They would only decline from there. The album was just too perfect. But no, Senses Fail proved me wrong.

 Image result for senses fail life is not a waiting room“Life Is Not A Waiting Room” (2008) by Senses Fail

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Punk/Pop

Not even two years after one masterpiece, they release another. I loved this album before I even opened up the case. I mean, look at that awesome cover. I was excited right from there. I went into this album wondering how far it would fall short from it’s predecessor, but was pleased to find out that it took it one step beyond. It was basically the same exact style of song writing and performance, just only done better. Their talents all improved and this album shows it. The lyrics and vocals are so emotional and personal, and fit and blend so well with the music. I could listen to this album every day. Life Is Not A Waiting Room and Still Searching are easily in my top 5 favorite albums. Sadly, the decline I so feared happened after this album. They are now so bad I won’t ever likely buy another album from them again.

Image result for as i lay dying an ocean between us“An Ocean Between Us” (2007) by As I Lay Dying

Genre: Metalcore

As I Lay Dying’s first album was decent for a debut. Their second was worse, using so much uninspired, typical stock metal for music. It wasn’t until their third that they showed the world what they could do.

An Ocean Between Us can only be described as perfect. It starts off with a nice clean instrumental that builds into harmonizing, distorted guitars. This 1 minute long instrumental sets the tone for the whole album. It just builds up and gets better and better. Right after the intro song, it immediately jumps into track 2, and right away you notice an energy and ability the band has never come close to showing before. The guitars, the drums, heck, even the screams are all vastly improved. Each song is intense, never slowing down, just melting your face with some of the best metal riffs and break downs you will ever hear.

The band has come together to perfect a sound we could only dream of. They even threw in a lot more clean vocals that fit in perfect to the high energy mash of metal. It’s just a perfect, wonderful, wonderful album. And they didn’t slow down after this, either. They released two more albums with just as much high, non stop energy and amazing musicianship. All three albums are something that every metal fan needs to here.

 Image result“Recovery” (2010) by Eminem

Genre: Rap/Hip Hop

I am not exactly a fan of rap, but Eminem has always blown me away. His unique take on the genre has enticed me to follow him ever since he exploded onto the scene in the late 90’s. His first three major release albums are nothing short of incredible. He is a truly gifted writer and presents his lyrics in humorous, clever, unmatched ways. Whether he is yelling like a maniac or doing something more personal and serious, you can’t help but be drawn in by it. His fourth and fifth albums were not as good, but still had some memorable songs.

But I didn’t truly start to see just how gifted he is until Recovery. This album was a few steps up from anything he’s ever done before. Everything about it seemed more mature. He wasn’t talking about drugs and killing people, Kim and his mom all the time anymore. It was more down to earth and personal. He’s still got some goofy songs, but they are all so good. He also brings in a lot of guest vocalists to enhance his choruses. Even his beats were infinitely better, mostly consisting of real instruments and actual song structure instead of just the typical 2 measures of a computer created beat repeated over and over for 5 minutes. The way he uses this music and reacts and emotes his voice to match it makes everything that much more interesting. Sometimes I almost forget I am listening to a rap album, instead hearing a band with a fast talking vocalist, which is probably why someone like me who is not a particular fan of rap loves this so much.

This album set the tone for the new Eminem, and he has done nothing but get better and better ever since.