Eminem’s new album Revival shows just how far music has fallen

When Eminem burst onto the scene all the way back in 1996 with his future hit My Name is the rap music changed. With the off-the-wall energy and unique sound, Eminem cemented his legacy on the rap game. Hit after hit kept coming and never without controversy. There was never a dull moment in the early stages of his career and he quickly grew a following of fans who couldn’t wait to hear what he’d say next. It was that same controversy that made you buy the record that also lent a hand to the story telling and authenticity of his work.

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Without ever hearing the album, the hype of his latest Revival quickly faded. So many critics had mixed emotions about the sound. Facebook was blowing up with statuses about the lack of quality compared to his usual work. So I picked up Revival and gave it a long hard listen. Then I listened again. Truth be told, no it’s not Em’s usual album but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a stripped down more honest sound minus the antics and controversy. His newest album is a shift from the loud, in-your-face, chaos of old and is more of the sound you can sit and vibe to.

Artists used to be praised for offering a more raw, emotional, from the heart sound and now they’re getting ripped apart because of it? Personally, if I wanted to hear the same sound over and over, I’d just listen to the old tracks. There’s nothing wrong with an artist putting out different sounds especially one that’s already established himself in the conversation as one of the greatest ever. If fans still had appreciation for artistry like they used to, music wouldn’t be in the condition it is today. Some of the best musicians have evolved their sound to have a 10, 20, and 30+ year careers. Yet, somehow as fans we’ve devolved to loving only the consistency of what we’re comfortable with. In Eminem’s case, apparently fans are stuck on the hi-jinx and shenanigans of angry tracks and can’t appreciate a different side of the artist.

Eminem’s new album Revival might not be your favorite in his collection, but it doesn’t have to be. Just because the next album doesn’t top the last doesn’t mean it’s not good. Stop holding music to such high standards and learn to appreciate when music has a little more of the artist’s heart in their work and the radio wouldn’t be flooded with mumble rappers and their 15 minutes of fame. Sure, the beats are legit, but 5 years from now you won’t remember these songs the way you would a true artist. Shout out to the true music lovers who expect their favorites to change-up their sound to fit the different moods they’re in when they listen. Artistry isn’t dead, its just in the shadow of commercialism. Stop following the sheep and learn to love the music as it was intended and not what you expect it to be. If you love Eminem’s work, you’ll like the new album. If you just want the same old antics, throw on the Eminem Show, not there’s anything wrong with that. However, if you’re looking for an evolution of an artist and a different sound, then Revival is for you.

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