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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Nostalgia Goodies In Eminem’s “Marshal Mathers LP 2” Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my comb through the “Marshal Mathers LP 2,” looking for any specific call outs or throwbacks to his older albums and songs. This is a continuation that starts from the eleventh track to the end of the album. You can read about tracks 1-10 here.

Track 11: Stronger Than I Was

Nothing here, as it’s a more slow, serious song.

Track 12: The Monster

Other than the fact that he does this song with Rihanna, like he did one with her on “Recovery,” there is nothing here.

Track 13: So Far…

At 2:58 the beat abruptly changes to a toned down version of I’m Back from the “Marshal Mathers LP.” While this happens, he raps “the other day someone got all elaborate and stuck a head from a fucking dead cat in my mailbox.” This coincides with the beat of I’m Back because one of the lyrics in that song is “I cut a kitten’s head off and stuck it in this kid’s mailbox.”

Immediately after the last one, the beat switches to The Real Slim Shady from the “Marshal Mathers LP” as he says “went to Burger King, they spit on my onion rings,” a throw back to the line “he cold be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings.”

Track 14: Love Game

Great song, but no throwbacks.

Track 15: Headlights

There are no specific throw backs, but the entire song is basically an apology to his mother for all the songs and lyrics he wrote about her. He especially regrets Cleaning Out My Closet from “The Eminem Show.”

Track 16: Evil Twin

Through the chorus and one more spot in the song, sound clips of Royce da 5’9s” lyrics “I see my evil twin who gives me an evil grin,” or certain words from this lyric can be heard. The line is from Bad Meets Evil’s The Reunion off of their album “Hell: The Sequel.”

At 4:31, Eminem sort of introduces “Slim Shady” into the song, whose first word is “Hi,” spoken in the same way as he does on the song that introduced him, My Name Is from “The Slim Shady LP.”

That’s that for disc 1. The five songs on disc 2 contain no throwbacks.

 

 

 

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Nostalgia Goodies In Eminem’s “Marshal Mathers LP 2”

Eminem’s latest solo album is chock full of nods, throw backs and all sorts of nostalgia from earlier works in his career. I am here to compile a list of them, picking out and listing everyone I notice. I highly doubt I will recognize all of them, so please help out on any I’ve missed that you may have picked up on!

Well to start things off, the title “Marshal Mathers LP 2” is a sequel to his second major release, the “Marshal Mathers LP” 13 years earlier. A fitting name, as I am rather certain Eminem was going for a retro feel with plenty of nostalgia for this album. The album cover is even him sitting on the same steps in front of his old home, the exact picture of the first album, except now the house is boarded up and worse for wear. Cool!

Now let’s dive into the actual cd.

Track 01: Bad Guy

The song in it’s entirety is a sequel to Stan from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” told in the eyes of the late Stan’s little brother, who is indeed mentioned briefly in the first song.

A specific nod is at 4:05 when Matthew gives Em back an autographed hat that the rapper sends to him in the first song.

Right after that at 4:14, he recites lyrics from Criminal from the “Marshal Mathers LP.”

Matthew repeats the actions of his brother by driving high speed on a bridge with a live victim locked in the trunk. 5:01 he says to Eminem the same words Stan says on his suicide tape…”well, gotta go, almost at the bridge.” There is even an under toned “haha” after the lyric.

Track 02: Parking Lot (Skit)

This is the continuation to the skit that plays during the song Criminal. Listeners get to see what happens after he shoots the clerk and shouts “Thank you!” That is exactly where this new skit picks up in fact.

Track 03: Rhyme or Reason

At 0:57, he uses a clip of him yelling “die hard” from Bad Meets Evil’s Welcome 2 Hell, from their album “Hell: The Sequel.”

4:44, he says “Criminal” in the exact way he does in the chorus of the song Criminal.

Track 04: So Much Better

I did not pick up on anything in this song

Track 05: Survival

None here either

Track 06: Legacy

I got nothing…

Track 07: Asshole

Right after the first chorus at 1:18, Em says “thanks for the support asshole” and then repeats it. The way it is presented and repeated makes it seem like a big intentional nod to his lyric, “Dear Dave, thanks for the support, asshole” from the song My Name Is, off of the “Slim Shady LP.”

Exactly one minute later (2:18) he parodies a line from Lose Yourself from “8 Mile.” The original line is “The soul’s escaping through this hole that is gaping,” which he changes to “My soul’s escaping through this asshole that is gaping.”

There is another throwback to one of his older lines at 3:53. The lyric is “it’s apparent I shouldn’t have been a parent,” no doubt calling back to the “Marshal Mathers LP” song Who  Knew‘s line “apparently you ain’t parents.”

The last throwback for this one is the last few lines of the song…”White America’s mirror, so don’t feel awkward or weird, if you stare at me and see yourself, because you’re one too.” This is more subtle, but these lines are basically what the whole song White America from “The Eminem Show” is all about.

Track 08: Berserk

Though this song is filled with mentions, references and samples from many other celebrities, nothing so much about his own songs.

Track 09: Rap God

Right at the beginning, he repeats over and over again, “six minutes Slim Shady, you’re on.” This is not the first time this has been said, originally on the song Remember Me off of the “Marshal Mathers LP.”

The next is rather obvious, as he himself points out a line from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” at 3:43, referring that it was once censored, but no longer isn’t as he repeats the entire line, originally recorded on the song I’m Back.

Tracok 10: Brainless

I didn’t notice any here.

I will complete the rest of the album next week. See you then!