The Marshall Mathers LP



Music CD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Marshall Mathers LP

Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Aftermath Records,, [2013]
Edition: Explicit version.
Copyright Date: ℗2013
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
1 audio disc ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Also known as: MMLP2


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Mar 02, 2015
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good songwriting, in my opinion akin to Charles Bukowski: I may not like what either of them say, but I admire the artistry with which they express themselves.


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Jan 04, 2014

Eminem could use a publicity stunt, and The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is just what the therapist ordered. During the 13 years since The Marshall Mathers LP, he's never lost his acrobat-gremlin skills on the mic. But some subsequent albums felt hermetic, perverting rage into rock-star griping on 2004's Encore, horror-show shock tactics on 2009's Relapse and 12-step purging on 2010's Recovery. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is about reclaiming a certain freewheeling buoyancy, about pissing off the world from a more open, less cynical place; he even says sorry to his mom on "Headlights," where he's joined by Nate Ruess of fun.

Nostalgia is everywhere. Em surrounds himself in allusions to classic hip-hop, like the Beastie Boys samples producer Rick Rubin laces together on "Berzerk." It's telling that the only guest MC is Kendrick Lamar on "Love Game," probably because his slippery syllable-juggling owes a lot to Eminem.

Yet Em's former obsession – his own media image – has been replaced with a 41-year-old's cranky concerns. He's still a solipsistic cretin, but in a more general, everyday sort of way. He raps about how he can't figure out how to download Luda on his computer and waves the Nineties-geek flag with references to Jeffrey Dahmer and the Unabomber. He's playing his best character: the demon spawn of Trailer Hell, America, hitting middle age with his middle finger up his nose while he cleans off the Kool-Aid his kids spilled on the couch.

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