Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP 2


4.0
excellent

Review

by VigorousDuck13 USER (8 Reviews)
November 1st, 2013 | 125 replies | 9,716 views


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After flops like Encore and Relapse, Em comes back with his best album since The Eminem Show.

7 of 11 thought this review was well written

It's fair to say that Eminem's sequel to his critically acclaimed album "The Marshal Mathers LP 2" has been highly anticipated, and several people have been hoping for a sense of nostalgia in Eminem's new album. Several people expect a flop, or just a bad album in general. The album has it's weak points, and even has cringe worthy tunes at some points. However when Eminem gets it right, he absolutely destroys the track. The album isn't a consistent throwback to the original MMLP, which is a shame because Eminem finds more strength in his old sound. The album that will remind you most of MMLP will be Bad Guy, which is the strongest song on the album. The song is an actual sequel to "Stan", and even lives up the standards. The album is full of emotion, and has the structure of a novel. The song gets angrier as it progresses which is the rising action, and a climax of instrumental change and Eminem dropping into an incredible flow in which he as speaking as Stan's brother with a verse that serves as a reality check for Eminem. The whole song is brilliant, and is one of Eminem's best.

The cons of this album often occur when Eminem goes to his new sound, or has guest features. With how personal some of these songs are it's unfitting to include someone who hasn't been in Marshal's shoes. The biggest example of misuse of a guest appearance is "Headlights". This is one of Eminem's most personal songs yet, and serves as an apology to his mother. The album includes Nate Ruess from pop sensation Fun. The reason his appearance is so awkward, is because the emotion of this song is fueled from Eminem's heart, and for Nate to have an entire verse is absurd. Another weak point of the album is the instrumentals. While "Rap God" is one of Eminem's most incredible songs lyrically, rapping 6.5 words per second somewhere between the 4 and 5 minute mark, the instrumental feels like it was rushed. The instrumental is actually a neglected instrumental, rejected by several rappers, and Eminem took advantage of it. The instrumental just sounds....cheap, shallow, and generic. "The Monster" and "So Far" are both obnoxious songs all the way around. "The Monster" has an instrumental that would be better fitting on a Katy Perry album, and chorus on a Cher Llyod album, with a solid delivery from Eminem however. The problem with "So Far" is it's absolute rip off instrumental, from a country/rock song, and it's absolutely atrocious lyrics. "I'd rather wallow then bass suffering from succotash But the antacid is my stomach gas I mix my corn with my ***ing mash Potato, so what, ho, kiss my country bumpkin ass".


Then the good points of the album, which show that the pros often outweigh the cons on Eminem's LPs. The good things to list about this album is how personal it is, witty lyrics, catchy hooks, incredible flows, and raw production on several tracks. The strengths of the album are the strongest they've been since "The Eminem Show". This album has Eminem rapping faster than he ever has in his career, and it's incredibly...loud album. Listening to several tracks on this album, you will find the cons are inconsistent, which is a huge saving grace. If the majority of the album had lyrical imperfections like "So Far", the album wouldn't even be worth listening to. However if an LP has about 14 songs ranging from decent to masterpiece, it's probably worth listening to.

TBT:
Bad Guy-5/5
Parking Lot- 4.5/5
Rhyme Or Reason- 4.5/5
So Much Better- 3.3/5
Survival- 3.9/5
Legacy- 5/5
Asshole- 3.5/5
Berzerk- 4/5
Rap God- 4.5/5
Brainless- 4.4/5
Stronger Than I Was- 3/5
The Monster- 2/5
So Far- 1.5/5
Love Game- 3.4/5
Headlights- 3.6/5
Evil Twin- 4.2/5

Average-3.7



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Green Baron
November 1st 2013



19798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i dont see this being a 4

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



14090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually gonna take the plunge and listen to this, why not.

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VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@greenlinkinmuse have you listened to it?

LifeAsAChipmunk
November 1st 2013



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

jac, don't. plz. save urself.

Pavelboca
November 1st 2013



82 Comments


If Bad Guy is a 5/5, and the absolute best this album has to offer, then I'm not too interested. But I'll give it a listen I guess anyway.

Green Baron
November 1st 2013



19798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

highlights are pretty good, but when it sucks, it sucks bad

VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Pavelboca you may find a better track. It was just my personal favorite.

DikkoZinner
November 1st 2013



3014 Comments


Wonder how this compares to the Slim Shady EP?

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VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@greenlinkinmuse yeah I feel the same, have you heard "So Far"? It's absolutely terrible.

Green Baron
November 1st 2013



19798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so far is easily the worst

Green Baron
November 1st 2013



19798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rap god is like a minute too long for its own good

Uranium
November 1st 2013



7092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I totally agree. I also think this is his best album since the show but some of those pop-choruses throw me completely off. It would be so much better if he got rid of those cheesy ass guest choruses.

Also, Rhyme or Reason is my top pick.

Tunaboy45
November 1st 2013



2055 Comments


Good review


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Green Baron
November 1st 2013



19798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Monster's chorus fvcking sucks

VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Marshal Mathers LP 1> Slim Shady LP> The Eminem Show= MMLP2....

VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@greenlinkinmuse yes....the whole song does.

Uranium
November 1st 2013



7092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The Monster's chorus fvcking sucks"

Any time he brings in an artist from another genre they fuck the song up. Stop this experimental shit Eminem.

VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What did you all think of Love Game? I wasn't sure what to think of it.

Uranium
November 1st 2013



7092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dig it. The beat is different but it has a fun vibe to it and it sounds like both em and kendrick are havin fun with it.

VigorousDuck13
November 1st 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought Kendrick Lamar felt totally out of place...



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