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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the Detroit rapper features guest appearances from Beyonce, Skylar Grey, Alicia Keys, Kehlani, Phresher, Pink, Ed Sheeran, and X Ambassadors.
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River
[Chorus: Ed Sheeran] I've been a liar, been a thief Been a lover, been a cheat All my sins need holy water, feel it washing over me Well, little one,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Jan 4, 2018
    80
    While Revival isn’t the defibrillator that Eminem needed to revive his dominance, the album has enough highlights to maintain decent replay value and enough lyrical miracles to keep mindful rap from totally flat lining. His pen game hasn't lost even half of a step, and he still possesses the neurotic edge that's always made him such a driving force in hip-hop.
  2. Jan 18, 2018
    75
    At least a third of the tracks are songs I could do without. The other two-thirds show that whether you love or hate the modern day Marshall Mathers, he's still as relevant as he ever was.
  3. Dec 15, 2017
    68
    Overall, the album is fairly easy listening.
  4. Dec 19, 2017
    50
    While the long tracklist and equally protracted verses make for an exhausting listen, there are rewards for those that endure.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jan 30, 2018
    40
    Eminem has never sounded more like a man out of time. [Mar 2018, p.107]
  6. Dec 18, 2017
    33
    Revival isn’t even interesting enough to warrant all of the critical beatdowns it’s taken in its short time in the world. Instead, it’s boring and predictable, which are greater threats to the Eminem legacy than anything else.
  7. 0
    Revival is the most pleasureless record he’s ever made, so stymied by his worst tendencies that like many other inept apologies from 2017 it only points out how much further he has to go rather than how far he’s come.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 231
  1. Dec 19, 2017
    10
    Realy good....best rapper ever! All haters are pissed and now they are rating low!
  2. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    Querido theeminemshowfã,
    Revival não foi feita pra você. Nunca vai ser pra você. Eu não espero que você entenda o quão emocional, poderoso e
    Querido theeminemshowfã,
    Revival não foi feita pra você. Nunca vai ser pra você. Eu não espero que você entenda o quão emocional, poderoso e marcante ele é. Eu literalmente não espero que você ache o melhor album do Eminem. Eu não espero que a sua opinião concorde com a minha, REVIVAL É RESISTÊNCIA
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  3. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    Best album since the Eminem Show gets better after multiple listens!! This is a different eminem and shows he's matured as marshall mathersBest album since the Eminem Show gets better after multiple listens!! This is a different eminem and shows he's matured as marshall mathers the man and eminem the artist GOAT! Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2017
    8
    As always, his albums have good production. The beats are made perfectly for what he wants to express. More to the point, this album is notAs always, his albums have good production. The beats are made perfectly for what he wants to express. More to the point, this album is not one of those albums that rappers are making this days...and i mean the exploit of fans by today's rappers who use easy to make beats and the same sound,vibe and lyrics with every song they do. This album is straight forward, you can understand what he feels , he is not mumbling non sense, and as usual the flawless delivering of those top lyrics. And he did a lil' bit of something for everybody on this one. That's why i recommend this album without thinking twice. Expand
  5. May 19, 2019
    6
    This album is over hated its actually decent. Lyrically being amazing there were some good hooks some were bad the production was actuallyThis album is over hated its actually decent. Lyrically being amazing there were some good hooks some were bad the production was actually good people are trashing its production first no reason
    There were some really good songs like walk on water, believe arose and there were some really bad songs like heat, offended
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  6. Dec 16, 2017
    3
    Being impressed by the first single "Walk On Water", I had decent expectations for Eminem's anticipated new album, "Revival", and I have toBeing impressed by the first single "Walk On Water", I had decent expectations for Eminem's anticipated new album, "Revival", and I have to say I'm surprised. Instead of the pop-infused, polished beats on "Recovery", "Revival" mostly features badly mixed rap-rock, felling like lesser versions of a few cuts from "The Eminem Show". The production ranges from acceptable to downright horrible (tracks like "Remind Me" and "Offended" come to mind). Even seasoned producers like Just Blaze ("Like Home") and DJ Khalil ("Castle") give some of their blandest beats in a while, with others like Rick Rubin and Alex da Kid being way off their game. 'Em himself doesn't help much either. While at times sounding emotional and invested in his lines, the actual lines and his flow leave a LOT to be desired ("Believe" and "Chloraseptic"). The topics he covers are the same as before too, making his performances feel tiring. The guests (mostly pop artists) often don't offer anything notable, and while some 'Em fans might enjoy this (80 minute!) project, I highly suggest skipping it.
    Favorites: "Walk On Water", "Like Home", "Arose"
    Least Favorites: "Believe", "Chloraseptic", "Remind Me", "Bad Husband", "Framed", "Heat", "Offended", "Need Me", "In Your Head"
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  7. Sep 26, 2019
    0
    I love Eminem, but god this is hella bad. I want to love this, but I just can't..

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