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Eminem's Revival is a milestone for the artist 

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Eminem has gone to great lengths on his ninth studio album to ensure his relevance in middle age. The sprawling, 19-track Revival does not contain his anti-Trump freestyle single, “Campaign Speech,” but the Detroit megastar does include a powerful paean to race, “Untouchable.” And the opening track is his legendary collaboration with Beyonce, “Walk on Water” (though one could argue that Skylar Grey’s delivery of support vocals for the song on Saturday Night Live was far better). Listeners would expect a defining album for the Trump era to be angry and joyless, but if Revival has a limitation, it’s that Eminem wants to claim a complete rebirth while still dabbling in misogynist and violent lyrics. Revival is indeed a milestone for a hip-hop artist who has never become irrelevant across multiple decades. But if a true rising from the ashes requires a phoenix to shed every aspect of what has come before, Eminem remains largely earthbound.
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