Review Summary: A decent attempt at an older-style Eminem album that falls a little short.
Eminem is among the most popular of a generation of hip-hop artists that incorporated dark comedy into their lyrics, and his album The Marshall Mathers LP is considered to be among the finest of its genre. So, when the news that he was releasing a full length sequel album was announced, there was a lot of commotion about it and many people were rightfully excited. They wondered whether it would be as good as his past work, or at least would correct some of the wrongs he had made over the course of his last few albums. The answer is that it does right some of these wrongs, but it does not quite top his earlier works.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sees Eminem returning to the dark comedy of his earlier works, with songs such as So Much Better including many lines that will bring a smile to the mouth of even the most sceptical listener. Tracks like Rap God are bona fide Eminem classics, with Brainless also bringing some good lyrics to the table. Bad Guy is a sequel song to his masterpiece Stan and it has some really deep lyrics that sees a vengeful brother of Stan coming after Eminem for his brother's suicide. This track is over seven minutes long and never once brings boredom to the ears.
This album makes good use of guest appearances, with Rihanna's vocals on The Monster providing a lot to the song. Survival has a really nice sung chorus and Headlights, a fantastic song about Eminem's broken relationship with his mother, having a superb chorus.
The main problem with this album is the fact that it is plagued with some really terrible filler. Rhyme Or Reason is one such example, with boring lyrics and a bland beat that never excites. In fact, many of the beats are uninteresting, including the one on the otherwise superb song Rap God which almost destroys that song. Evil Twin is another weaker song that closes the album on a dull note.
Overall, this is a decent album that really brings back the old comedic Eminem but it sadly falls a little short of what is expected from a titan of modern hip-hop.