hmv's Albums Of The Year…#10 Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Over the last month, we've asked all our staff members to vote for their favourite albums of 2013 and they've responded in droves. Over 500 albums received votes, but, after every vote has been counted, we have our final tally. For the next 10 days we'll be counting down from #10 to #1 and we begin together with #10, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Only released in November, the sheer aggression and power of a rejuvenated Eminem has seen him snag the Number 10 spot in our poll.
Written as a sequel to the rapper's groundbreaking The Marshall Mathers LP, the album saw Eminem move away from the more polished, radio-friendly sound of his previous efforts and back towards aggressive, motormouth rapping and heavy breakbeats.
Lyrically, Eminem is on electric form, turning his ire equally on himself and various targets, he's candid about his troubled relationship with fame, the women in his life and the shadow of his own legacy. Words tumble out by the hundreds, spat out like he's on a mission; this is the sound of a rejuvenated Eminem, an Eminem with purpose, drive and something to say once again.
Dr Dre is back behind the boards, with super producer Rick Rubin also brought in to provide focus and direction to the record.
There are plenty of high-profile guests too, with Rihanna adding her unmistakable vocals to 'The Monster' and Eminem's regular collaborator Skylar Grey, who sings on 'Asshole'. Kendrick Lamar also steps up to rap on 'Love Game', while Fun.'s Nate Ruess also gets involves on 'Headlights'.
Although 2009 and 2010's pair of albums Relapse and Recovery both sold well, they felt like Eminem by numbers, this record feels vital again.
Best Track On Album: 'Asshole'
Come back tomorrow to find out what #9 is in hmv's Albums Of The Year…