Beyonce and Eminem have teamed up for this emotional and candid song. The track opens with a piano backing Beyonce's resonant vocals that effortlessly flip between a chesty mix and an airy falsetto (you know, the norm for Queen Bey). She's here to enforce Eminem's point, sum it up in more general terms, as she sings "I walk on water / But I ain't no Jesus / I walk on water / But only when it freezes." Then it's Eminem's turn; he takes an introspective look at internal difficulties he's faced. Many of these pressures derive from external perceptions that coincide with his long-standing status. He tells us "Will this step just be another misstep, to tarnish / Whatever the legacy, love or respect I've garnered?" But it's also apparent that he can be his own worst enemy.
Sure, some may call this song cheesy or the artist's latest ploy to appear relatable. I, however, think quite the opposite. It's easy to spot a song that profits on inauthenticity or over-zealous strategies for audience appeal. And this isn't one of those. This track soars with vulnerability and intensity that you can't help but praise.
"Walk on Water" is the first single released from Eminem's upcoming LP Revival, expected for release on November 17th.
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