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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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  1. Negative: 72 out of 249
  1. Sep 12, 2020
    10
    The best way you could come back to the top, but it did not work. Still would be the greatest in the world. My favourite track: Framed
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    Great comeback, especially castle and arose, amazing closing songs, only thing missing is a Ken Kaniff skit, would loved to hear Ken on theGreat comeback, especially castle and arose, amazing closing songs, only thing missing is a Ken Kaniff skit, would loved to hear Ken on the album. Amazing. 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
    Best album since Eminem Show to me.Revival contains music for everyone and that's why it is better than his last three albums but from theBest album since Eminem Show to me.Revival contains music for everyone and that's why it is better than his last three albums but from the other hand many people didn't get enough their type of Marshall's music so they leave mixed or bad reviews.I hope that Revival won't be underrated as much as MMLP2 though 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. May 12, 2021
    3
    Honestly, there were some great songs (Walk on Water, Arose, Framed) but overall its Eminem's worst album. His Delivery is poor, andHonestly, there were some great songs (Walk on Water, Arose, Framed) but overall its Eminem's worst album. His Delivery is poor, and songwriting his ok (for his standards) it's messy, recovery was better, even though i would say Recovery was less emotional. If Eminem made an album with the emotional power of Revival and the delivery, beats (even the tone) of MTBMB SIDE A and B, it could be his greatest album Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2021
    0
    Sure, it's music, but not to me. So dumb and has heaps of dumb strewn about. To put it in a way easier to understand it's trash and is sick toSure, it's music, but not to me. So dumb and has heaps of dumb strewn about. To put it in a way easier to understand it's trash and is sick to the bone. Expand

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