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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. Dec 18, 2017
    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: 74 out of 257
  1. Mar 24, 2020
    10
    His least great project to date. WTF WAS HE DOING ON THIS? MAKING POP SONGS?? The lyrics were there, though not as strong as before. TheHis least great project to date. WTF WAS HE DOING ON THIS? MAKING POP SONGS?? The lyrics were there, though not as strong as before. The subject matter was there, though not rapped about as well as it should have been. I honestly hate this album but it's not trash. It's better than a lot of 2017 releases (not in the best album conversation tho). I'll give it a 10 just to help get the ratings higher because It deserves more than 6.2. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    A hell of an album hindered by Eminem attempting to please too many people, even for a legend such as himself. However, Walk on water,A hell of an album hindered by Eminem attempting to please too many people, even for a legend such as himself. However, Walk on water, Believe, Chloraseptic, River, Bad Husband, Framed, and, most notably, Castle and Arose have all made me overlook all of the nonesense this album holds within. To be fair to the man, he did say it before the album was even released, " I've tried to put a little something in there for everybody". The problem with that as obvious, as no one walk out of this album without at least liking 3-4 tracks, yet no one really walked out satisfied with the entirety of the album. That is of course, no one but myself. I loved this album. Expand
  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 16, 2017
    7
    It would be a good album, if it was’t Eminem. Eminem is an artist, who should be on higher level. There are few good songs(River, Believe),It would be a good album, if it was’t Eminem. Eminem is an artist, who should be on higher level. There are few good songs(River, Believe), but Revival is worse in comparison with previous albums Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2018
    5
    Maybe I put a lot of expectation on this Eminem album. He did not sound unique and with unique sounds as he always brought. Songs with dubiousMaybe I put a lot of expectation on this Eminem album. He did not sound unique and with unique sounds as he always brought. Songs with dubious production and with known samples, it sounded generic and not very authentic. There are some good tracks in your album like river and remind me, but they are by far, unoriginal. Sad Expand
  6. Jan 5, 2018
    3
    I don't like it is one of his worst albums, I can not believe he was all these years doing nothing to throw this s**t now!
  7. Jul 10, 2021
    0
    AYO THIS HITS HARD ON MUTE SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESHHH

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