Eminem ‘Revival’ – Album Review Track by Track

By Kane Cameron | 15th December 2017


Revival is his most diverse album to date” 

One of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 So Far

Eminem’s ninth studio album is here, four whole years since the MMLP2. Many people are itching to hear the next part of the Eminem story, although the album as a whole won’t be for everyone, it’s 100% worth a listen.

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After the release of “Walk On Water” and “Untouchable,” many were expecting the album as a whole to be a blowout, we were told that there’s something on their for everyone, we’ve quickly gone through it track by track.

Revival explores Eminem’s personally confined political spectrum, corny punchlines, along with some emotional tributes to members of his family.

Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce)

A cringe-worthy pop-rap plea to make the world understand the pressure Eminem feels about his music as he’s gotten older. The song lacks chemistry and just seems tediously chucked together. We miss Eminem not giving a f**k.

Believe

The flow might seem messy at first, but is made up for in an incredible last verse. Unfortunately, the mellow chords seem to get lost. I yearned for a guitar solo at the end of the song, to bring it to a nice instrumental closing, like Sing For The Moment did beautifully back in 2002.

The production was too linear and should have been progressive.  The hook is different to anything he’s done before. It will have mixed reactions, but I think he pulls it off well. Listen to the energy 3:50 – 4:04, final verse is fire.

 

Chloraseptic (feat. PHRESHER)

Eminem using the triplet flow (made popular by Migos) but is slacking major on the delivery. It sounds awkward, like he’s trying to be someone else, or prove that he can do what someone else can do, he could have done it so much better with a little self-reflection.

The triplet flow has actually been around since the 80’s in Hip Hop – biting the new era ‘Migos style’ was an inferior move.

Untouchable

Eminem trying to remind us he’s still politically relevant. If the Trump freestyle didn’t cringe you out, this might. The 1974 “Earache my eye” sample seems to be catchy, yet annoying. Makes me think Eminem should have ended his political career with Mosh, back in 2004. Overall it sounds like a rednecks protest song that no one really cares about. He makes a few good points towards the end of the song, at least he cares.

River (feat. Ed Sheeran)

Similar vibe to Love The Way You Lie, but carrying less emotional impact (on Eminem’s part). Ed Sheeran kills it, but Eminem’s energy just doesn’t work as well as it could. The chemistry should have been better between the two.

 

Remind Me (Intro)

Remind Me

Similar vibe to Berserk, & Survival, from the MMLP2, another catchy Rock n’ Roll sample, 1981’s “I Love Rock N’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. A few sexual metaphors make this track slightly humorous, but with too many corny punchlines. Am I the only one that thinks Eminem & Rick Rubin aren’t a good match?

Revival (Interlude)

Like Home (feat. Alicia Keys)

Pop-rap time again. Sticking his middle finger up at Donald Trump and thanking the country for his upbringing. The catchy melodious hook sung by Alicia Keys sounds like it might be released as a single, and could chart.

 

Bad Husband (feat. X Ambassadors)

Fans were waiting to see if he would be apologetic to his ex-wife Kim on an album. Headlights (MMLP2) was a touching apology to his mother, so it was only a matter of time. The hook is on the album and is beautifully sung by the X Ambassadors. Eminem should be proud of this emotional rap about his up and down destructive relationship with his childhood lover.

 

Tragic Endings (feat. Skylar Grey)

Skylar Grey’s vocals soar at the opening of the song, and the whole thing sounds like it would fit perfectly on Recovery. Although the production is basic,  Eminem’s aggressive tone makes the entire song feel powerful. The pair seems to have really strong chemistry. Possibly their best collaborative project together.

 

Framed

Sounds like it’s straight out of Relapse.  A playful reminder of Eminem’s eccentrically scurvy accents & impeccable flow. Staying controversial with a line about Ivanka Trump in the boot of his car, and the mention of “raping 8 bitches’. It’s been a while since Em’s played the role of a serial killer, we’ve missed it.

 

Nowhere Fast (feat. Kehlani)

Another Pop-rap track, with a slightly cringy bridge from Em. It would have had much more impact if Eminem took it slow on the song and sped it up and got angry at the end. The production seems a little cliche’ for Eminem now, Kehlani goes in, the overall song is very pop.

Heat

I think the most boring track on the album. Corny punchlines over classic rock, again. Lacks entertainment & replay value. The classic rock production & hook kinda of lifeless.

Offended

The production feels half finished, especially with how hip-hop beats have evolved in recent years. Kind of sounds like it was written by a 12-year-old. Flow switches up more time than I can count, feels more slim shady than anything else on the album.

Need Me (feat. P!nk)

seems to Love The Way You Lie sells, and it seems he’s really wanting to sell more with this album. Another pop-rap love song. Pink is great on the hook.

 

In Your Head

The song opens with The Cranberries 1994 sample from “Zombie” Flow seems to be a lot more natural than normal. Eminem’s rapping seems to be getting less cringe throughout. I’d say the best rap-rock track on the album.

 

The song opens with The Cranberries 1994 sample from “Zombie”.Flow seems to be a lot more natural than normal. Eminem’s rapping seems to be getting less cringe throughout.

Castle

An emotional love song to his daughter. Each verse a different time in his life. The story leads to his overdose & leads to the final track of the album. This tribute really is Eminem at his best (at least nowadays).

Arose

Sounds like it was written from when he says it is in the song (2007). A goodbye to his family as he’s in the hospital over the overdose. Production is excellent & Eminem flows naturally throughout the entire song. When I’m Gone fans will love this, incredible end to the album.

 

Revival is Eminem’s Most Diverse Album to Date

You have to give it to Eminem to be able to express so many parts of his personality through his music. Even if he can’t get away with as much as he thinks, (triplet flow). Revival isn’t for everyone, but it is incredibly diverse.

The production overall felt unfinished, and the rock-rap songs were just genuinely cringe. There and there aren’t enough hip hop features. Eminem has however found himself a lot more than I had previously presumed, about time considering his age. If you take out “Walk On Water”, “Untouchable”, “Chloraseptic”, “Heat” & “Offended”, there’s no denying it would have been a phenomenal album.