The Marshall Mathers LP2 [Deluxe Edition] [CD] [PA]

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Return

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    Atraeus
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    Perhaps the greatest travesty this album could face is its title. Living up to the classic Marshal Mathers LP is a long shot for any artist, even the man that penned the original. By naming this the MMLP2, Eminem raised both the stakes and expectations of the record, which will invariably hinder its reaction. I will say outright that the MMLP2 is a solid rap album. It's also a strong step forward for an artist rediscovering himself in the expatriation of sobriety. Yet, it's far removed from a sequel. While the record does well to touch on old topics from the previous album -- returning to Stan through his scorned brother, tapping issues like coming to terms with fame, et cetera -- the style of Em's lyrical flow and the production of the tracks alone stand out like a sore thumb. With that said, a collaboration between Em and Rick Rubin was both inevitable and successful. Rick's influences are dotted through this amalgamation of producers and collaborators. Even with Dre being a co-Executive Producer, the album feels fresh from his established sound and is undeniably invigorating. The MMLP2 crafts a sound that strikes the ear as modern yet different; straying from the themes of the zeitgeist while still hitting the radio with a reserved seat. If taken as a standalone album, separate entirely from its namesake, the MMLP2 is adventurous, ambitious, relentless, and clear cutting; all while displaying Em's lyrical potential in a gamut ranging from vivid, rapid-fire rhymes to glimpses of his older, slower, free-style imagery. The beats are risky, from homages, to old school hip-hop, to sampling classic rock tracks like the The Zombie's "Time of the Season" in "Rhyme or Reason" and Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" in "So Far..."., and while nothing here feels particularly reminiscent of the original album, these tracks nevertheless standout as some of my favorites of his work to date. Perhaps the strongest element of the record is in its sense of development. It does succeed in telling the next chapter of Em's ongoing drama, with him coming to terms with his mother in "Headlights" and joking tongue-in-cheek about his resounding success in Rap God, but also returns to older struggles of his childhood by targeting his oft overlooked father, or reinvigorating the underdog with a respectful nod in "Legacy." There are macabre undertones that we've come to expect from him over the years as well, but nothing quite as campy/comedy as was commonplace in the first album. Those elements in this album feel like they're just shaking off the the remaining flakes of the freshly-sober, sincerity-creep factor found in Relapse, and there aren't quite as many laughs to be found here, whether by sincere humor or as a nervous reaction. Yet, still shining with the refreshing confidence of Recovery, Em resounds with a strong sense of identity and purpose, even if that purpose is reminding us how untrustworthy relationships can be, or how he himself may struggle with the double edged image he's crafted over the years. With all subjectivity aside, If you are looking for old school Em, you're better off hunting down Infinite. But, if you're looking for something that sounds fresh, even if it doesn't entirely break new ground, this album does the trick. I also highly recommend going for the Deluxe edition. In a move that is uncharacteristic of the industry, I found at least three of the five additional tracks as good if not better than those on the actual album.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Guess who's back, shady's back tell a friend

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    BatmansRightHand
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    Seeing as the original "Marshall Mathers LP" is my favorite album this one had a lot of pressure to succeed going in. Thankfully it meets or exceeds expectations on almost every front. While nothing can get Eminem back to the furious anger that makes the original album so great this new one showcases how much he's grown and matured as a rapper. Instead of dissing pop stars, his mom, or his ex Kim we find he's rapping about his own personal journey and less about the world around him. He samples from a lot of songs, most effectively in "Rhyme or Reason" using the old "Time of Season". The lyrics have never been sharper either, made evident by the recent showcase of 100 words in 15 seconds portion of "Rap God" which just bewilders with is perfection. The music may be too good in fact as it feels pretty short at about 75 minutes, although looking back that's average for him. Some of the best songs on previous albums have been tracks where he teams up with Dre, Snoop, or his crew D12 however all of them are missing from his album and it leaves a hole in this reviewer's satisfaction. Also, by spending the extra money to get a deluxe version you get five bonus tracks however they are placed on their own CD, and how often will you ever really switch out a full disc for a short five song disc? Maybe it's OK if you rip them so they run back to back with the real album. Overall this is a worthy addition to the Eminem discography and you won't regret buying it. I just hope he doesn't wait another 3-4 years to make another album.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lives up to the name

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    uuuunvnv

    I've had the leaked copy for about a week now. After the first play through I didn't know if I truly liked it due to the extremely different beats he choose to use. I mean, He uses Wayne Fontaine's game of love as a track. But after a few more play throughs, and finally catching some of what his amazing word play is saying, it was all coming together. Rapping wise, EM has never been better. His flow, punch lines, metaphors, and cursing have all reached new highs. He is every bit as good now as he was during the MMLP, and in most cases he is better. I can not wait till Tuesday to purchase the deluxe edition, as the leaked copy does not have the extra songs. I definitely recommend any true hip hop fan purchase this amazing album.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to the basics!

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    ShadyAssassin

    Relapse and Recovery were about him overcoming his addiction to pills, his best friend's death, and relationship turmoil (women, and hip-hop itself), BUT NOW!?! Shady returns to true form and just has fun and reminds us why we loved him in the first place. Gone are his corny accents (Relapse) and his shouting-90%-of-the-time raps (Recovery), he's comfortable with his style and blends it all well perfectly. This album doesn't have the shock value of the first MMLP because Shady is no longer the underdog, and we know what to expect of him, but this album furthers his reputation as the greatest of all time. If you're a fan of true hip hop, you'll enjoy this CD, guaranteed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING album

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    HotRod77
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    I will admit at first when I heard the title of this album was gonna be called Marshall Mathers 2 it made me almost sick to my stomach, thinkin "great a publicity stunt just to sell the album. I clearly admit I was VERY WRONG. I had to go get the cd the day it came out and half way through track 1 I knew this was gonna be his best work in years.some of my fav tracks are,Berzerk, Rap God, & Headlights (a song that really shows ems maturity) the whole album front to back is amazing the deluxe edition only adds a few extra songs but it is well worth the couple extra bucks. Personally I dont see why they werent on the regular version.If u aare an eminem fan U WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Eminem is back!

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    Djdmac24
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    This is Eminem's best Album in a long time. His best since at least "The Eminem Show". His lyrics are the best I've heard from him, since the first "Marshall Mathers LP". The production value is great, but not anything special, to make the beats or hooks stand out. The only real negative about the album is that there is not even one track produced by Dr. Dre. He is listed as an executive producer, but that just means he helped pick the songs and mix some tracks. No actual, "production" going on by Dre on this album. 4 out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a good album.

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    Purecash
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    This is a good album. Most rap albums barely have 1 good song on them. This has quite a few good jams. This album has they lyrics to every song also inside the booklet. It is better to own a hard copy than a digital copy. This is the Deluxe edition. The Cd is pretty cool looking also. Listen to the album a few times and you will catch on if he raps to fast for you in some songs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Should had kept his older style

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    TheNemesis
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    It's just like a lot of other musicians they have some great hits that start their careers with great songs on the whole cd for the first couple albums and then it's like they have to try and put out a new one every year just to be doing so with like 2 great or good songs then the rest of the songs on it sucks, instead of rushing to get out the yearly cd they should take their time and do it rite they would sell more albums and keep their fans that way!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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