Has Slim Shady created another masterpiece?
Eminem has returned with ‘Revival’, his first album in four years, and it’s already garnering a series of less than positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
But it seems like the end product isn’t necessarily living up to the hype – after one review damned ‘Recovery’ as the worst album of Eminem’s career.
“Slim Shady may have spent the last decade and change putting out bad records, but Revival stands as the first truly terrible entry into his already sagging discography”, a review in The 405 claimed.
“Accents be damned, Relapse boasted an energized rapper (its unbearable lead single aside), even Encore had numerous highlights, but this?”
A slightly more positive view was taken by the Detroit Free Press, who praised their hometown hero for creating a record with “high points that are strong enough to mitigate the low ones”.
However, the review also stated that “Revival is the sound of a 45-year-old grappling to remain relevant in an art form he commanded since the turn of the millennium”.
The reception was far more positive among the rapper’s fans – who hailed it as one of the strongest additions to his career.
“Revival just proved to me again that Em is the best in the game. I love the guy so much”, one fan wrote.
Another said: “Eminem killing the game..again.”
But amid the widespread praise, there was damning criticism too.
“Hurts my soul to say this, but this is is a terrible listen. Granted, only listened once, but it’s horrible”, one Twitter user wrote.
“Along with Encore, this Em’s worse work. The beat production is so *rubbish emoji*. It’s taking away from the bars. No reply value at all. Disappointed, but not surprised.”