Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP 2


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ayashi USER (6 Reviews)
November 1st, 2013 | 31 replies | 6,792 views


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shady's back, back again, and perhaps for the last time ever.

20 of 20 thought this review was well written

I once told a friend of mine that had Eminem been violently murdered after the release of the Eminem Show, he would be an even bigger legend than 2pac himself. Heck, even now it’s debatable. In 2002, his discography was effectively flawless. As it is, however, it’s no secret that he went on to release a pair of stinkers that took a toll on his credibility before finally returning to form on 2010’s Recovery.

Likewise, when Eminem announced the title of his new album, his critics were either howling in laughter or simply frowned and let out a sigh. How could he name the album after his biggest classic album ever? The Marshall Mathers LP was just that, Marshall unplugged, vulnerable and raw. Let’s face it, MMLP2 never had the slightest chance to compare. Just like the MMLP was the autobiography of Eminem in 2002, however, so is MMLP2 the autobiography of him today. It is sufficiently different from Recovery and even features several songs good enough to be on the original MMLP.

The beats on the album range from stellar to poor. Legacy is easily the most addictive song, and even rivals some songs on MMLP. Eminem’s storytelling abilities are in top form, and for once the female chorus doesn’t piss you off. In fact, it’s quite reminiscent of Stan with Dido’s soothing vocals. Now, I have to stress that there are many little things on the album that you’ll miss if you don’t pay attention. Album opener Bad Guy is a 7-minute epic that builds and builds, showcasing Em’s strong flow. It’s essentially Stan part two. Stan’s little brother is out to get Eminem. He wants revenge on him for all the women and homosexuals he’s insulted. The ominous beat change towards the end of the song makes it an instant classic.

At first you think the skits are back, too. The very second track, is a sequel to the robbery scene we heard on Criminal, with Eminem shooting an innocent woman. There’s police sirens, and finally Eminem is shot and killed. This turns out to be the only skit on the entire album. This is Eminem’s past catching up to him. In the final track, Evil Twin, Eminem also seems to finally accept responsibility for all his wicked rhymes. He blames his alter ego, Slim Shady, no longer. In his own words: “we’re the same. Bitch”.

Rap God is self-explanatory, but suffers from a rather mediocre beat. Stronger Than I Was and Survival are definitely the worst tunes, but luckily they’re the only ones you could even call poor in the first place. Survival features a generic, pompous female chorus that just screams Recovery and generally has little substance. Even so, it should grow on you, if just a little bit. Stronger Than I was, however, is the King Turd on this thing. Think Haeley’s Song, only not good at all. Eminem sings, and he can’t. In his defense, I guess the song Is what you would call ‘real’, and I may end up liking it much more than I do now. You should definitely not expect to feel it the first time though.

As the album is drawing to a close, the listener is in for a definite shocker. On Headlights, one of the best songs Eminem has made in years, he does the unthinkable - he apologizes to his mother. Oh, you bet your ass that’s right. Throughout his career, Debbie Mathers, his own mother, has been his arch nemesis. As much as he may have hated Kim and Mariah, it was obvious his mother had caused him the most pain. He wished for her death all the time, and on the Eminem Show even claimed she would die alone, without even Haeley showing up for her funeral. And yet, it appears Marshall finally realized she’s getting older, and her life’s coming to an end. Marshall can’t bring himself to bag on her. Not after all these years.

Now, as good of a song as Headlights is, it makes me really depressed listening to it. Father Time takes a toll on us all, that’s a given, but what the *** kind of world are we living in in which Eminem doesn’t hate his mother anymore? Listening to Eminem’s early albums can make anyone feel like they’re 15 years old, rebelling against their parents and society by drinking beer with your buddies and flipping the police the bird. On MMLP2, you really don’t get that, although it’s not a bad thing by any means. What it means, though, is that it gives you case of the feels. Marshall’s matured, and that can’t help but show. Luckily he still has a little energy occasionally to bag on bitches, most notably on So Much Better and Love Game.

This is an album that, if you wanted to, you could easily criticize and rip to pieces for the title alone. It’s not better than the Marshall Mathers LP, and it never even had a chance. What it is, however, is another strong showing by Eminem, and that’s something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It opens and ends well, and the stinkers are few. There are also numerous signs that it could be Shady’s last hurrah. If that is indeed the case, it was a definitely a good ride.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is meh.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also summary has been done to death.

trainofconsequence
November 1st 2013



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is better than a 2.5

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



1614 Comments


Album is far worse than a 2.5

Mister Twister
November 1st 2013



1528 Comments


here comes the flood of lp 2 reviews

Lelle
November 1st 2013



2155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review

trainofconsequence
November 1st 2013



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol but Bad Guy is amazing

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

After the summary review is actually pretty good, pos
Gotta say I was kinda hoping I would like this.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2013



6097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

hopefully for the last time ever

DotNine
November 1st 2013



137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah this is terrible. Only track I truly liked was Wicked Ways.

I'm pretty sure Em's career is done. I assume he'll do a tour or two for this CD, but he just needs to stop. He's been mediocre for years now and there isn't much he's done that's given me any hope.

XingKing
November 1st 2013



10456 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't believe the first two reviews are praising this as a return to form. Is it better than his past three albums? Of course, but it doesn't have shit on SSLP and MMLP

TheNexus100
November 1st 2013



2518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm pretty sure Em's career is done. I assume he'll do a tour or two for this CD, but he just needs to stop. He's been mediocre for years now and there isn't much he's done that's given me any hope.

123 but mediocre is an understatement

climactic
November 1st 2013



18724 Comments


no way this is above a 2

XingKing
November 1st 2013



10456 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2TycvbOPWY

Pavelboca
November 1st 2013



82 Comments


I feel really strongly about this album (negatively). In fact, it's just blatantly BAD, especially in comparison to prior Em albums. Naming it MMLP 2 feels like a slap in the face.

Skoj
November 1st 2013



1115 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't understand how anybody could enjoy this shit if they EVER listened to mmlp. The overproduction, the sophomoric lyrics (especially given marshall's age), the length...

It's not in the same ballpark.

Digging: Surfer Blood - Pythons

joshieboy12345
November 1st 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bad Guy is decent.

Mewcopa0
November 1st 2013



1799 Comments


you can't sugar coat this piece of shit. you just can't

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol this got a 5 from all music, and straight 4's for a bunch of other sites. Am I listening to the same album?

Lelle
November 1st 2013



2155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have a hard time believing this is so bad. But I haven't listened yet so I don't know. I'm guessing a 2.5 at worst



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