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07:44 AM on 11/05/13
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Really well written review, and I agree with nearly all the points made.

Excellent excellent review. There is (almost) nothing possessing me to want to listen to this.
Thank'ee.
35%? seriously..there has to be some kind of bias..there is no way this album is anywhere close to that bad..It is by far NOT his best but..35% the technicality alone should allow for a better score barring any lyrical content at all..AP seems to always be extremely negatively biased towards em..for reasons I really cannot understand..This is not his best effort..but the album is defiantly enjoyable and full of talent..and fuck the same people calling for "old eminem" are offended when he says ******? SERIOUSLY?

"I MISS THE OLD EMINEM THAT WASN'T AFRAID TO CALL BITCHES SLUTS AND GAY PEOPLE ******S" ..but then get offended when he mentions anything of the sort?..
No one wants this.
Good review. I am not huge on this album either, but I don't think I find it as bad as you or others. It honestly just feels tired to me and there are just better hip hop artists out there these days
Thanks. I definitely agree it's tired.
seems like a fair review.

bezerk might be enjoyable in the extreme short term as something of a beastie boys homage, but the rest is totally forgettable.

a handful of the rhymes in pretty much every song are embarrassingly bad/flat out la-zy.
Thanks. And yep. Pretty much.
Fantastic review Ryan
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The review was well written, but I have to completely disagree with the assessment. I love this album, including the bonus tracks. I feel like he finally fell back in to a stride where he is comfortable rapping and putting some light hearted songs on the album. Sampling Joe Walsh and The Zombies made for some different sounds for an Eminem album without coming off depressing or somber like some of his last two efforts. I love Em, and while Relapse fell completely short for me, recovery had some quality moments. MMLP2 is an interesting and entertaining album and I feel like it is a quality piece of work.
If there was something positive outside of the pure ability showcased, it was the choice of production. Unfortunately, what would have been something fascinating and interesting in nearly any other instance felt like it existed entirely separately from everything else happening on those tracks, just totally disconnected from whatever story he was trying (and failing) to tell.
Great review, probably my favorite of yours.

I really wanted to check this out but after hearing the singles and half of the first song I just couldn't do it
<3 JHMG<3
I haven't heard the album yet so I'm not speaking for its quality and I'm not disregarding this review or calling it invalid but this is the first negative review of this album I've seen. It's being well received everywhere else I've seen it reviewed.
Metacritic only has 10 up but two are "mixed." I would also argue that publications like XXL, HiphipDX, LA Times, Spin, and RS are garbage and should not be taken seriously.

More publications will be putting up reviews today and throughout the week. For instance, if Pitchfork reviews it, I really don't see it coming out positive. Not that it matters. I'd be happy to be among the only negative reviews of the album, because I think no one will give a shit about it in a year's time.
07:49 AM on 11/05/13
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- He is not funny. Nothing here makes me laugh or even crack a smile. When 2 Chainz makes jokes like the one I singled out, he at least sounds like he's having fun. Em sounds like he's doing so out of spite. That's not fun and it's definitely not funny.
- Calling himself "rap bot" seems oddly accurate now that I've heard the whole record. There's little in the way of emotional expression that doesn't sound like it was pumped out by something trying to emulate human emotion in order to manipulate the audience.
These are probably the two reasons I could not fuck with anything I heard from this album.
07:55 AM on 11/05/13
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Couldn't agree more. Great review, Ryan. His technical ability is pretty much unmatched, but his lyrics are so juvenile that it's hard to listen to. If he released a more mature record with none of the inexcusable 6-letter-f-words, I could get behind that.

I actually thought the "Time of the Season" beat was pretty well executed, but the Yoda verse fucked it up.
07:57 AM on 11/05/13
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So NONE of those publications' reviews should be taken seriously, but yours should be?
07:57 AM on 11/05/13
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I mean I don't want to be a dick but there is no god damn way I am reading that dissertation of a post.
07:58 AM on 11/05/13
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So NONE of those publications' reviews should be taken seriously, but yours should be?
No one is saying this.
07:58 AM on 11/05/13
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Couldn't agree more. Great review, Ryan. His technical ability is pretty much unmatched, but his lyrics are so juvenile that it's hard to listen to. If he released a more mature record with none of the inexcusable 6-letter-f-words, I could get behind that.

I actually thought the "Time of the Season" beat was pretty well executed, but the Yoda verse fucked it up.
I'm confused at how the lyrics can be classified as being juvenile when half the time he's using them ironically in a way to prove his immaturity......It kind of makes it a moot point.
07:59 AM on 11/05/13
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No one is saying this.
I understand. It was just funny to see at the end of the post and made it look like that. Just a slight joke on my part. Chillax.
07:59 AM on 11/05/13
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So NONE of those publications' reviews should be taken seriously, but yours should be?
Well, Ryan's review should absolutely be considered. He's a great reviewer. As for the other publications, there's two or three of them that give the album good reviews for such stupid reasons. And some actually were actually written as if they gave the album a passing listen.
08:01 AM on 11/05/13
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I mean I don't want to be a dick but there is no god damn way I am reading that dissertation of a post.
Wait, was that aimed at me?
08:01 AM on 11/05/13
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I'm confused at how the lyrics can be classified as being juvenile when half the time he's using them ironically in a way to prove his immaturity......It kind of makes it a moot point.
Deeper lyrical themes aside, it's still hard to listen to 41 year old Eminem rap things like "doink doink doink" and take it seriously.
08:01 AM on 11/05/13
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Well, Ryan's review should absolutely be considered. He's a great reviewer. As for the other publications, there's two or three of them that give the album good reviews for such stupid reasons. And some actually were actually written as if they gave the album a passing listen.
Like I said, it was a slight joke anyway. But I don't take any single person's reviews seriously for multiple reasons. However, I will actually read some as opposed to RS, Pitchfork etc.
08:03 AM on 11/05/13
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I gave it up after the first paragraph; Jay Z hasn't released a bad album, and his rapping abilities outweigh those of Eminem
Don't agree that he's never made a bad album but I do think his rapping ability outweighs Eminem.
08:04 AM on 11/05/13
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Deeper lyrical themes aside, it's still hard to listen to 41 year old Eminem rap things like "doink doink doink" and take it seriously.
Why? Who cares? I'd rather listen to a 41 year old eminem rap "Doink doink doink" while being purposely immature than 2 Chainz be relatively serious at 36 years old while rapping "Me and my ***** pass your ho like a hot potato/I be like, 'You could get her,' he be like, 'You could get her'/I be like, 'You could have her,' he be like, 'You could have her'/He be like, 'It don't matter,' I be like, 'Me neither'”
08:05 AM on 11/05/13
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this is a biased review... it wasn't that bad. i would give it a 70%. probably 3 or 4 good songs, and the rest weren't that good. i didn't like any of the rap albums released this year other than Logic's mixtape (i know, not an album) Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever which i would give a 90%.

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