A mixed bag of slim pick­ings

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - With MIKEY CAHILL

man­ages to clear the decks of the pre­vi­ous R records (Re­lapse, Re­cov­ery). His last great jam was 2013’s scorch­ing Rap God — a choice cut he should have re­tired on, with (dis)re­spect.

Chlo­rasep­tic feat. Phresher feels like a first take and the line about a ri­val’s MILF is a head­shaker not a nog­gin-nod­der: “She makes iller noises, When she’s with me, must be from the Windy City”. But then he steps up his game with stac­cato raps over semi-men­ac­ing synths. Un­touch­able uses rock gui­tars but it ain’t no Aero­smith col­lab. Ku­dos to Mar­shall Mathers for going where a lot of white rap­pers are afraid to go, right into the heart of Amer­ica’s shock­ing prob­lem with its po­lice force beat­ing and killing peo­ple of colour: “Through­out his­tory, African-Amer­i­cans have been treated like s---, And I ad­mit, there have been times where it’s been em­bar­rassin’ to be a white boy white boy.” Then he brings Ed Sheeran into the stu­dio (“the gin­ger fury”) to over-emote like Ce­line Dion circa ’98. Mu­si­cally, Eminem bows down to trap on Re­mind Me then sam­ples Joan Jett (ef­fec­tively) and Young MC as he busts youth­ful moves on the mic like he’s The Real Slim Shady tak­ing the mick outta Moby. Guest turns from Kehlani, Pink and Ali­cia Keys give Revival a fem­inem as­pect it sorely needs — this is a record with one foot back in his naughty­boy era and an­other try­ing to be su­per-woke. If only he left the for­mer in his wake.

VERDICT A come­back that’s nei­ther ter­ri­ble or ter­rific VANILLA ICE IGGY AZALEA

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