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The Marshall Mathers LP 2


The Marshall Mathers LP 2

13 years on, the 41 year old rapper releases the follow up to his acclaimed third album

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The jokes, in places offensive, are relentless and ribald. There is no apology, though, no concession; just a considered, virtuoso application of talent
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There are moments when his verbal dexterity amazes
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It is a testament to Eminem’s enduring talent that the album never feels laboured or even slightly dated
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    He may actually be actually 41 but, thankfully, Marshall Bruce Mathers III is showing few signs of growing up
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    This is the tortured soul and self-reliance ninja known as Eminem at his very best
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is Eminem’s best record in a decade – and one of the most impressive, entertaining and addictive hip-hop albums of the year
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s wicked and it’s intense and it’s inappropriate and it’s unique and it’s brilliant and it’s essential
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is about reclaiming a certain freewheeling buoyancy, about pissing off the world from a more open, less cynical place
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  9. 8.0 |   Spin

    If rapping were a purely athletic competition, Eminem would be Michael Phelps and Mary Lou Retton combined: pure agility and flexibility, like an unstoppable bullet with only white-hot hate in his wake
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    For the first time in far too long, he sounds like he’s rapping because he enjoys it
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  11. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    What makes MMLP2 a success is that it sounds like Em is having a ton of fun with his craft, with no particular chip or devil on his shoulder
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  12. 7.0 |   NME

    While not a masterpiece, can sit alongside his best
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  13. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An incredibly frustrating listen
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  14. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The residual misogyny and "faggot"-bashing is off-putting, and its self-awareness doesn't earn any points, but mainly it indicates a worrisome lack of imagination
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  15. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The appetite throughout The Marshall Mathers LP 2 astonishing, the word count unassailably epic, the devil craftily concealed in the detail. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   Q

    Doesn't live up to its promise. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   Time Out

    Like most sequels, it encounters another problem: it’s just not as good as the first one
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  18. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 struggles mightily with finding a voice, which is shocking given how many voices to which Eminem has given life
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  19. 5.0 |   Clash

    This material, as a whole, simply just doesn’t add up to a collection worth caring about as we did ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’
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  20. 5.0 |   The 405

    Eminem fans will be thrilled to hear their idol back to his best, but wider rap fans will be left wanting
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  21. 5.0 |

    The only way is downward from here; it seems an impossibility that Eminem will ever create another album worthy of Slim Shady
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  22. 4.7 |   Pitchfork

    Rap sequels are a lot like trying on old prom clothes: chance one if you dare, but the only thing you’re liable to display is how much you’ve let yourself go since your glory days
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  23. 4.2 |   Paste Magazine

    There’s no fire here. There’s no sense of catharsis or even, god forbid, fun
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  24. 2.0 |   The Skinny

    At 41, Eminem is as over-the-hill, as past it as The Rolling Stones are in their 70s, and it is nobody's fault but his own that he has become so irrelevant
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