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Eminem hits clunker after clunker on the well-intentioned 'Revival'

Eminem hits clunker after clunker on the well-intentioned 'Revival'

Nobody has ever accused Eminem of having his heart in the right place.

For years, listening to hip-hop’s most problematic giant has meant looking past (or even justifying) the dubious moral propositions present in his work. Some people tell themselves that the rapper’s dazzling technical ability offsets his horrific ideas about women; others say he’s merely voicing a perspective, not necessarily his own, that we owe it to ourselves to try to understand.

Yet with his new album, “Revival,” Eminem has done something novel: He’s made it easy to admire his motivation and nearly impossible to appreciate his execution.

Released Friday, “Revival” follows a widely discussed...

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