Encore [Bonus CD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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With Encore, Eminem continues his reign as rap music's most controversial figure. On his fourth album, the Shady One continues to display the Jekyll and Hyde tendencies we've come to expect, detailing his love for his daughter Hailie ("Mockingbird") and disdain for his estranged wife Kim ("Puke") with equal aplomb. At times, his sonic experiments, such as the elastic cadences and nursery rhyme harmonies, make the album sound more alt-rock than rap, and post-pubescent listeners might be offended by the bodily function sound effects that pepper several songs, including the aforementioned "Puke." Fortunately, however, even when Em veers off track, the good Dr. Dre, who steers half the beats, keeps the music rooted in ...
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Editorial Reviews

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With Encore, Eminem continues his reign as rap music's most controversial figure. On his fourth album, the Shady One continues to display the Jekyll and Hyde tendencies we've come to expect, detailing his love for his daughter Hailie ("Mockingbird") and disdain for his estranged wife Kim ("Puke") with equal aplomb. At times, his sonic experiments, such as the elastic cadences and nursery rhyme harmonies, make the album sound more alt-rock than rap, and post-pubescent listeners might be offended by the bodily function sound effects that pepper several songs, including the aforementioned "Puke." Fortunately, however, even when Em veers off track, the good Dr. Dre, who steers half the beats, keeps the music rooted in hardcore hip-hop, as on the plodding and melancholy chords of the politically volatile "Mosh." In the tradition of the Dido-sampled "Stan," "Like Toy Soldiers" samples Martika's "Toy Soldiers," adding snappy, military styled drums to the original's vocals as Eminem mulls the folly of his well publicized beefs with The Source Magazine and 50 Cent nemesis Ja Rule. These songs show that Marshall Mathers continues to tackle timely topics with reflective maturity, and that sort of soul-baring will make Encore a long running performance. Alvin Aqua Blanco
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eminem took a hiatus after the release of his first motion picture, 8 Mile, in late 2002, but it never seemed like he went away. Part of that is the nature of celebrity culture, where every star cycles through gossip columns regardless of whether they have a project in the stores or theaters, and part of it is that Marshall Mathers kept busy, producing records by his protégés D12, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent -- all hit albums -- with the latter turning into the biggest new hip-hop star of 2003. All this activity tended to obscure the fact that Eminem hadn't released a full-length album of new material since The Eminem Show in early summer 2002, and that two and a half years separated that album and its highly anticipated sequel, Encore. As the title suggests, Encore is a companion piece to The Eminem Show the way that The Marshall Mathers LP mirrored The Slim Shady LP, offering a different spin on familiar subjects. Where his first two records dealt primarily with personas and characters, his second two records deal with what those personas have wrought, which tends to be intrinsically less interesting than the characters themselves, since it's dissecting the aftermath instead of causing the drama. On The Eminem Show that kind of self-analysis was perfectly acceptable, since Eminem was on the top of his game as both a lyricist and rapper; his insights were vibrant and his music was urgent. Musically, Show didn't innovate, but it didn't need to: Eminem and his mentor, Dr. Dre, had achieved cruising altitude, and even if they weren't offering much that was new, the music sounded fresh and alive. Here, the music is spartan, built on simple unadorned beats and keyboard loops. Some songs use this sound to its advantage and a few others break free -- "Yellow Brick Road" is a tense, cinematic production, yet it fits the subject matter. Eminem has decided to chronicle what's happened to him over the past two years and refute every charge that's made it into the papers. This is quite a bit different than his earlier albums, when he embellished and exaggerated his life, when his relationship with his estranged wife Kim turned into an outlaw ballad, when his frenetic insults, cheap shots, and celeb baiting had a surreal, hilarious impact. Here, Eminem is plain-spoken and literal, intent on refuting every critic from Benzino at The Source to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who gets an entire song "Ass Like That" devoted to him. While the album is a little long, it's worth a listen to hear the moments that work really well, whether it's full songs or flights of phrase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2004
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602498646717
  • Catalog Number: 000377172
  • Sales rank: 19,207

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curtains Up (0:46)
  2. 2 Evil Deeds (4:19)
  3. 3 Never Enough - 50 Cent (2:39)
  4. 4 Yellow Brick Road (5:46)
  5. 5 Like Toy Soldiers (4:56)
  6. 6 Mosh (5:17)
  7. 7 Puke (4:07)
  8. 8 My 1st Single (5:02)
  9. 9 Paul (0:32)
  10. 10 Rain Man (5:13)
  11. 11 Big Weenie (4:26)
  12. 12 Em Calls Paul (1:11)
  13. 13 Just Lose It (4:08)
  14. 14 Ass Like That (4:25)
  15. 15 Spend Some Time - Stat Quo (5:10)
  16. 16 Mockingbird (4:10)
  17. 17 Crazy in Love (4:02)
  18. 18 One Shot 2 Shot - D12 (4:26)
  19. 19 Final Thought (0:30)
  20. 20 Encore - 50 Cent (5:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We as Americans (4:39)
  2. 2 Love You More (4:47)
  3. 3 Ricky Ticky Toc (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist, Rap
Dr. Dre Rap
Luis Resto Keyboards
Mark Batson Bass, Keyboards
Nate Dogg Rap
Mike Elizondo Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
50 Cent Rap
D12 Rap
Obie Trice Rap
Lindsay Collins screams
Stat Quo Rap, Track Performer
Steve King Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Luis Resto Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mark Batson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Melvin Bradford Composer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Andre Young Composer
A. Wilson Composer
A. Young Composer
Eminem Producer, Audio Production
Che Pope Composer
N. Hale Composer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Tony Campana Engineer
Curtis Jackson Composer
Obie Trice Composer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
R. Arthur Johnson Composer
Sarah Catlett Studio Coordinator
Mike Chav Engineer
Che Vicious Programming
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Steve King Composer, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    eminems worst piece of art ever made eminem = the worst of the worst

    this album is pure trash buy something else more intelligent than this trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Eminem!!!!!!!!!

    I think that Encore is Em's best CD! I like Marshel Matters too. He is definily my favorite artist. I love the song Just Lose it! It is so funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I downloaded Encore!

    Compared to Eminem show, Marshal Mathers and Slim Shady this is definatley Eminem's weakest album just to show you that he's running out of material to use. His new style of rapping isn't all that good. I don't like his drum patterns that he uses now. This goes to show you that he knows he can make a song about anything and stupid people will buy the album. I bootlegged the album cuz I felt like this album wasn't worth my money. I usually buy his albums. I can't believe it took him as long as it did to make this album. I don't feel like I'm listening to the same EM as I used to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eminem still has it going on

    i like mockingbird, a$$ like that, just lose it and like toy soilders. this albam was good because if u listen to the lyrics hes really expressing himself to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not his best

    Unfortunately, this is NOT his best work. He shouldn't have gone so juvenile on this one. If this album is any indication of where his career is going, he's screwed. "The Eminem Show" is still his greatest album to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a** like what

    I love the C.D the best song is A** like that. i would strongly recommend parental guidence. I must say encore deserves an encore, o yeah it has one. it has two C.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    well..

    ok, i used to think Eminem was just a REALLY REALLY bad artist!!! that's... until i heard Just Lose It, Mockingbird, and Like Toy Soldiers. After hearing those 3 songs, i liked Emmie. he's really a great rapper. and, i take back what i thought of him before, cuz really... he's not that bad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay

    Eminem is a great rapper, but this albumn was not my favorite. To me, he went in a new direction with Encore. I'm not a huge fan of rap, so Like Toy Soldiers and Mockingbird were my favorite tracks. I thought both had some sort of hidden meaning, and were deeper than most rappers go. Overall good, but not great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the first time i ever given em 4 stars

    The reason why is i dont think we gave is heart in this album like he did in the others. i think i represent most of em fans that we like to here em talk alot more of em talkin stuff about his mom and kim. but thats just me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EM IS ALWAYS HOTTTT

    I would have to say that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but im hear to tell you today That EM cd Encore, is raw. Its Hot, I love his style, he never disappoints me. He's very serious on a few songs, and he shows his emotions, I like EM cause he's real, every cd tops the next, he's one of the best to me. I love EM and if you want to listen to some hit songs, then I advise you to buy ENCORE, he's the truth, every song on the cd is hot. Some of my favorites are My First Single, and A** Like That. The way he flows is mesmerizing, and EM has me hooked. I've been a fan, forever, I love all of his cd's including this one. Encore gets 2 thumbs up!!!!! Go cop it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    back to basics

    eminem has finally let go of his mother and of kim to some extent, they're still there but not nearly like they used to be. dr dre has come up with some fantastic new beats to go with em's new found anger. it could not have been timed better that to come out when the nation is as divded as it is, and he goes straight for the jugular of president bush, bin laden and the war on terror, however, going after jackson however is easy meat and not worth the talent this man posesses. he is also funnier on this album almost going back to his debut, new targets seem to have brought out a more thought out approach, so thank you eminem for making me laugh and think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD OF THE YEAR

    MOCKINGBIRD IS THE BEST SONG!!! I ALSO LOVE MOSH & JUST LOSE IT.......i want everyone to go out and buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE shitt

    I would like to let eminem know WHAT the heck kind of cd is this . Ur crazy . But i'm loving it . its not your ordinary rap . it's is own world . THe song rain man rules

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Eminem Show -- Encore Performance

    When I thought it would be virtually impossible for Eminem to put out a CD that was better than his previous outings, I think he has proven me wrong! It seems that his focus has broadened somewhat from his previous albums, but I think that makes him even better. And the beats on this disc are great! "Evil Deeds", "Just Lose It", "One Shot 2 Shot"....the list goes on. Definitely recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yay

    Eminem is timeless. Just because he's experimenting with new sounds doesn't mean he has lost artistic credibility. Fabulous CD =) I love the bonus track "Love You More"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding !!!!

    Shady managed to do it again, no surprises there...Off the hook lyrics, and amazing beats ! he really is a master of his craft !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wackest ish ever

    how could he be serrious with this trash n YES thats just wat it is trash it's unreal how he just sold out with the trashy un eminem like commerical cd like he just put out and dont get me wrong im a huge em fan got all his cds all his freestyles i know every em line by heart but as a fan im disapointed with this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    I got this CD because I liked "Just Lose It" but it's the only song on this album worth listening to. I'm really disappointed and I wish I would have saved my money. Who wants to hear all those gross sounds and alter ego type raps? I just don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    big fan

    ive always been a fan of eminem, but lately ive found myself more into the harder rap- like the ones that say something, not just funny ones. this cd caters to both. my favorites are like toy soldiers, mosh and mockingbird, but i listen to the whole thing over and over without skipping any. a.ss like that is one of my favorites too, on the comedy side. the only complaint is that just lose it isnt really new- the little clips from the other songs i thought was really cool, but then making a whole thing straight out of sing for the moment is a little cheap. but other than that no complaints... and i continue to have total respect for him, maybe even more now after the strong anti war, anti bush messages hes sending out. keep it up babe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Disappointed

    As a huge fan of Eminem, I have bought all 3 of his previous albums. The beats were good and the lyrics were there. With this album, he seems to have gone in a totally opposite direction. I was OK with the whole putting an end to the beefs, but his lyrics and beats are not appealing on this album. I would not recommend this CD to anyone. Stick to Marshall Mathers LP and Eminem Show.

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