Eminem's new album, due out Tuesday, is "The Marshall Mathers LP 2." (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope / November 1, 2013)

He seems more eager to take ownership of several openly confessional tracks, including “Headlights,” which proposes a détente with his mom, and “Stronger Than I Was,” an almost embarrassingly vulnerable piece of self-help testimony that Eminem produced himself – at least in part, one presumes, to protect lines like “Why do you date me if you say I make you sad?” from better judgment.

But even in his rare clunky moments, Eminem burns with purpose on “MMLP2.” And if you don’t like what he (still) has to say, there’s a chance he doesn’t either.



“The Marshall Mathers LP 2”


Three stars


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