After four years of absence, Eminem is finally back with brand new album Revival, forming the final piece of the musical trilogy with Relapse (2009) and Recovery (2010).
While hardcore fans of the old school Slim Shady may be disappointed with a turn towards a more pop-rock-inspired accompaniment, the Detroit rapper's lyrics are as profound, introspective and more politically engaged than ever.
In terms of guest stars, the disc is packed to the brim with everyone from Beyoncé to Skylar Grey and Kehlani on the featuring list.
But while "Walk on Water" is an undeniably decent track, the other stars don't bring an awful lot to the table. Even Alicia Keys is somewhat drowned out by a surprising choice of sample in the Cranberries' "Zombie".
That said, we find it hard to believe that the album is as disappointing as some are making out. While one review condemned the album as the "worst of his career", the general reaction seems to be that it hasn't lived up to the hype.
As the Detroit Free-Press poignantly states: "'Revival' is the sound of a 45-year-old grappling to remain relevant in an art form he commanded since the turn of the millennium."
After a few listens, it's clear that Eminem's solo tracks are the stand-out points – in particular "Believe", "Framed", "Castle" and "Arose" – of an album that builds momentum as it goes. And over a generous 19-track album, there is definitely something to work with. You can check it out for yourself below.