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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: 59 out of 199
  1. Dec 23, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not the best work of eminem, but not the worst either. Would have been nearly close to perfection without all the featured singers in this album, and personally I didn't like what he did with the music in songs like heat and in your head, that just killed the vibe for me. But lyrically this album is full of great songs that keep getting better as play them over again and it has great replay value too. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    Okay so REVIVAL is not the Em's one of the best work,but i can surely say that it is one of the best since eminem show,you can actually seeOkay so REVIVAL is not the Em's one of the best work,but i can surely say that it is one of the best since eminem show,you can actually see the different sides of Eminem,the album is getting hate because eminem was not aggresive like what he had done in MMLP ,SSLP,and Eminem show.Buyt thet need to understand that he is not in his 30's anymore..he is changed,and matured,,and he can never go back to his MMLP days..even if he wanted to... 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
    The album contains a lot of high-points and some pretty average tracks. IMO the highs makes up for the lows. The album is packed with a bunchThe album contains a lot of high-points and some pretty average tracks. IMO the highs makes up for the lows. The album is packed with a bunch of nice punchlines and wordplay, and in true Eminem fashion it also contains some very graphic and gut wrenching imagery. 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. 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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